WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Blue Bombers centre Obby Khan has won the Cal Murphy ‘Heart of a Legend’ Award for the third time, the CFL club announced Monday.
The honour goes to the Blue Bomber player who best demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the CFL and community as voted on by the players. This makes Khan the nominee for the prestigious Tom Pate Memorial Award, which is presented annually by the CFL.
Khan is very active in the community throughout the year, and is particularly involved with Project Echo – a fundraiser founded by himself, University of Manitoba Bisons linebacker Thomas Hall and former Bomber trainer Jeff Fisher. Its goal is to improve the lives of Winnipeggers in need through the co-ordination of fundraisers and volunteerism and by creating a network of empathetic citizens committed to making a difference.
Project Echo has held various events over the past year, including a celebrity poker tournament, which helped raise funds for orphaned children in Namibia, Africa, as well as Sam’s Christmas, which provides disadvantaged families with a Christmas to remember. Last year, it successfully realized their goal of giving 20 Winnipeg families hot turkey dinners and desserts, blankets, personalized gifts and desktop computers among many other things. This year, they have increased the number of families who will receive support to 100.
Khan is also very involved with the Crohns and Colitis Foundation, which is very close to his heart after battling through the illness in 2007. He sits on the planning committee of the SMD Foundation, as well as volunteers his time with Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The eight-year veteran also won the award in 2008 and 2009.