is Adriano Belli. He plays Defensive Tackle for the Toronto Argonauts...and he can sing! He sang the national anthem at the Argos game we attended on Friday night. We played the BC Lions...and we lost...but that doesn't matter.
Adriano gives back to the community by hosting kids from the Hospital for Sick Children in his suite. After the game, he has been known to take the boys on tours of the Argos locker room (no girls allowed). We weren't in the suite this time, but we did get to hit the field...at least Jonathan did!
At the end of August, Jonathan was invited to do the "tee grab" after the opening kick off the game. Unfortunately, things did not go in our favour, there was an "incident" and his five minutes of fame were not to be. So, when Caroline from the Sick Kids Foundation called last week and invited us to go again, we were thrilled.
We made sure we were at the SkyDome in PLENTY of time and got to enjoy some "on field" time before the game started. Jonathan practiced his football stance (with his brother Colin standing by):
are the Argos Cheerleaders...or more precisely their butts. I was a cheerleader once...I am SO not anymore. Guess who took THAT shot???
is Mike Vanderjagt. He's the one who initiated the "tee grab" idea. Thanks to him, Jonathan (and other kids on various home game days) was able to participate in the game.
We listened to Adriano sing the national anthem:
and after the kick off, Jonathan got to run out onto the field with the equipment manager and grab the tee. He did a GREAT job! Even Penny from the Foundation said she had never seen anyone run SO fast!
On his way back to the sideline, Jonathan even had time to give the equipment manager a "high five".
Check out this smile:
After Jonathan was done his job, we were escorted to our seats where we got to enjoy the rest of the game.
The last time we attended a game, it wasn't much to watch as the Alouettes pretty much wiped up the field with our Argos and beat us 32-14. This game against the Lions was quite a bit more interesting to watch. Besides...I'm really a closet BC Lions fan...but don't tell anyone!
After the game, we again went down to field level, where Adriano came out and signed autographs for the kids. Colin had one of his Sick Kids shirts signed and Adriano also drew and arrow up towards his face and wrote "STUD" on his shirt - which pleased Colin to no end.
Which brings me to this:
It's definitely one of my more simple cards, but because it's going to Adriano, I didn't want it to be all frilly and girly like.
I stamped the sentiment and the main image on Very Vanilla sponged with Cranberry Crisp. They main image and sentiment were then mounted on pieces of Buckaroo Blue before being adhered to the card front. The main image was mounted on dimensionals.
STAMPS: Sketch an Event, Many Thanks
CARDSTOCK: Very Vanilla, Buckaroo Blue, Cranberry Crisp
INK: Cranberry Crisp
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