Football peewees to take on Bombers

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Darryl Gershman was waiting for the right time to tell his team the exciting news.

When his La Salle-based Lightning peewee minor football team fell to 0-5 last month and had not yet scored a touchdown, he figured it was the right moment to inform his players they would be taking on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a game of touch football at the end of the season.

"I was running out of cliches, and the ice cream thing wasn't working at that point," Gershman said with a laugh.

Back in May, the co-owner of G2 Logistics spent $2,000 on the auction prize at the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's annual gala dinner.

Gershman, who has Crohn's himself, finally told his players after their fifth loss about their date with the Bombers. He said it inspired them to win one of their last three games and score some touchdowns as well.

The Lightning players, along with several G2 Logistics employees and their families, will take on the Bombers at 11 a.m., this morning at Canad Inns Stadium.

"I thought my staff, a lot of them hard-working family people, would like the opportunity to be around the Bombers and even a few of them to go out there and run around and get on the field," Gershman said.

Leading the way for the Bombers today will be centre Obby Khan, whose battle against colitis, which included the removal of his large intestine in January, has been well-documented.

"It's going to be great," Khan said. "There will be a bunch of us Bombers, and he'll bring out all his little kids and his co-workers.

"It's going to be a lot of fun, and it's for a great cause."


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