Adriano Belli's outgoing nature usually makes him front and centre.
But yesterday at the Argos' annual fan day, the 6-foot-5, 289-pound defensive tackle stood out for another reason.
Belli played host to 20 kids who are patients at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and has rented a private box at the Rogers Centre for the 2008 CFL season that will be used exclusively for kids who are sick.
"It's something to give back," Belli said.
"I was sick when I was young with some asthma-related things, and this is more than gratifying. I had a box before, but it was used for business purposes. This year I thought it would be better to get some of the sick kids in the box and use it for what it is meant to be for."
The fan day attracted several thousand Argos fans to the Erindale campus of the University of Toronto. As a disc jockey worked the turntable, for a few hours players and cheerleaders signed autographs and led hundreds of kids through some informal football drills. Food booths and souvenir stands also were part of the afternoon.
"It's fantastic," Belli said. "These are the people who pay our bills, make us famous, give us everything. We're excited to spend time with them."