When Michelle Regehr graduated from Marion M. Graham Collegiate in Saskatoon, she had no idea that 26 years later she’d find herself on a football field watching her alma mater play.
But the jersey she was wearing that day wasn’t Marion Graham’s, it was a Tommy Douglas Tigers jersey – signed by all the players on the team. As the Tigers’ special guest, Michelle was seated at centre field for the game.
“As they came onto the field, the Tommy Douglas team lined up and welcomed me to the field,” said Michelle, who was accompanied to the game by two staff members from Parkridge Centre, a special care home in Saskatoon where she has been a resident for 25 years. Both staff members have sons on the Tommy Douglas team.
“I was thrilled!” enthused Michelle. “It was so noisy and all the players welcomed me, but my electronic communication device was too quiet for the team to hear so the staff helped me say hi.”
At the end of the game, all players on both senior football teams joined Michelle for a group picture to mark the special occasion.
“Both teams demonstrated true team spirit, respect, inclusion and sportsmanship,” said Michelle. “Each of the players thanked me for coming to watch the game.”
Michelle with her dad Al Regehr at the football game