This year's recipient of the Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award is launching a new initiative.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive lineman Obby Khan will introduce his 'Khan's Kids' program at this Saturday's game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
With the support of local Muslim businesses and sponsors, Khan has purchased about 130 tickets to be sold at a discount to underprivileged kids aged eight to 18.
"This is something that is very important to me," Khan said yesterday. "We all know the condition of this city in certain areas and unfortunately, there are so many kids who are too poor to be able to come to Blue Bombers game. Being a player, this is an opportunity for me to get back to the community that way."
The kids will meet at the Winnipeg Central Mosque for a pre-game event Saturday morning, then bus to the game for free. They will watch the match, meet some players after the game, then be bused back.
Khan, meanwhile, was honoured for the extensive work he does for such charities as the Canadian Blood Services, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and the Never Alone Foundation, as well as volunteering his time with minor football players.
"It's a great feeling to be recognized," said Khan, 28. "You don't do the community work and I didn't try to make my comeback to get an award."
Khan is also well aware of who Kotowich was, a former Bomber who won three Grey Cups and passed on well before his time.