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Nissan rewards young football leaders with sporting opportunity of a lifetime at the 106th Grey Cup

70 high school football athletes will represent their communities in an exhibition game in Edmonton on Saturday, November 24th

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The Nelson Lords’ high school football team in Burlington, Ontario celebrate their teammate’s selection into the Nissan Kickoff Project, with Courtney Stephen of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

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Brantt Burnstein from Burlington, Ontario, was one of the first ten TITANs selected into the Nissan Kickoff Project.

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/EIN News/ -- MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Nov. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Nissan Kickoff Project announced today the final selection of 70 high school football players to the Nissan All-Canadian TITAN team, who will travel to Edmonton for the 106th Grey Cup festivities. For many, this trip is the sporting event of a lifetime, as the athletes selected will have a chance to play an exhibition game, a day before their Canadian Football League (CFL) idols compete for the Grey Cup championship title.

The players selected represent Canada’s future football leaders and were chosen by a celebrity judging panel that included Randy Ambrosie, commissioner, CFL; Bryan Baeumler, television host, HGTV; Shannon Chinn, executive board member, Football Canada; Luc Mullinder, colour commentator, Saskatchewan Roughriders; and Geroy Simon, CFL hall of famer and director, Canadian football scouting, BC Lions. Nominated by their peers, coaches, parents and friends, the student-athletes listed below demonstrate exemplary TITAN values, on and off the football field: toughness, innovation, tenacity, ambition and notability.

“Nissan set out this year to reach every high school football athlete and community across Canada, to find the best and the brightest youth football players in the country. We believe that sport nurtures the development of outstanding TITAN values, so the Nissan Kickoff Project aims to reward and encourage those characteristics in young people,” said Steve Rhind, director of marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. “We hope the 70 players selected inspire a future generation of young athletes in grassroots football and we are thrilled to be hosting them at the 106th Grey Cup.”

As it entered its fifth season this year, the Nissan Kickoff Project wanted to build on the impact the program had seen since 2013. The goal of 2018 was to focus on the individual athletes, rewarding and celebrating those who’s on the field impact was as strong as their presence in their classrooms and communities. By presenting the TITAN athletes alongside the best professional football players in Canada, Nissan hopes that the players selected will return to their communities as ambassadors for grassroots football in Canada and motivated to continue championing the TITAN values in their everyday lives.

As the official vehicle of the CFL and the Grey Cup for over a decade, the league’s players have provided encouragement, mentorship and friendship to hundreds of aspiring athletes. Since the inception of the program five years ago, the Nissan Kickoff Project has benefitted 78 high schools from coast-to-coast, reaching more than 4,300 students.

The Nissan Kickoff Project All-Canadian TITAN team 2018:

Player Name High School Hometown
Dawson Broda Millwoods Christian School Edmonton
Josh Campbell Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Red Deer
Nikolas Fourlas Henry Wise Wood High School Calgary
Tristin Gross R.F. Staples Secondary School Barrhead
Derek Kucharski Austin O’ Brien Catholic High School Edmonton
Kaleb McGladdery Peace Wapiti Academy Grande Prairie
Bryden O’Flaherty Bishop O'Byrne High School Calgary
Cole Priestley Cold Lake High School Cold Lake
Ty Thompson Ross Sheppard High School Edmonton
Aidan Walker R.F. Staples Secondary School Westlock
Brayden Walz Bishop O'Byrne High School Calgary
Josh Yee Forest Lawn High School Calgary
British Columbia
Nick Butler Sardis Secondary Chilliwack
Steen Rasmussen John Barsby Community School Nanaimo
Jaden Severy Terry Fox Secondary School Coquitlam
Prince Edward Island
Joseph Bertram Bluefield High School Cornwall
Tyler Newson Bluefield High School Hunter River
Nick Birch West Kildonan Collegiate Winnipeg
Connor Browett Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School Brandon
Owen Brown St. John's-Ravenscourt School Winnipeg
Kaitlin Cummings Garden City Collegiate Winnipeg
Dylan Hess Kelvin High School Winnipeg
Sam Hezwkiah River East Collegiate Winnipeg
Nathaniel King-Wilson Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute Winnipeg
Brandon Martens Virden Collegiate Institute Virden
Evan Nachtigall École secondaire Neelin High School Brandon
Ethan Schnerch Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute Winnipeg
Colbi Turnbull Major Pratt School Binscarth
Asher Wood St. John's High School Winnipeg
New Brunswick
Spencer Dean Leo Hayes High School Fredericton
Dominic Hall Leo Hayes High School Fredericton
David-Daniel Pendleton Moncton High School Moncton
William Russel Kennebecasis Valley High School Quispamsis
Nova Scotia
Donovan Kersey Northeast Kings Education Centre Centreville
Logan Potter Northeast Kings Education Centre Centreville
Daniel Velocci Dartmouth High School Dartmouth
Danny Bosett North Park Collegiate Brantford
Ben Burke M.M. Robinson High School Burlington
Andrew Burrows M.M. Robinson High School Burlington
Brantt Burnstein Nelson High School Burlington
Craig Coleman Parkside Collegiate Institute St. Thomas
Cameron Creechan Ursuline College Chatham
Sam Cross Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute Guelph
Adam Dekraker East Elgin Secondary School Aylmer
Mitchell Demers Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School St. Catherines
Nicholas Fairweather St. Matthew High School Orléans
Erik Haines Valley Heights Secondary School Walsingham
Talon Horst St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School Tottenham
Jesse King Westdale Secondary School Hamilton
Cameron Male Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School Burlington
Jacob Martino Garth Webb Secondary School Oakville
Mason McGriskin West Ferris Secondary School North Bay
Donovan Moore St. Ignatius High School Thunder Bay
Caleb Pype Valley Heights Secondary School Port Rowan
Jaykob Ryll Fort Frances High School Fort Frances
Dylan Szczur St. John’s College Brantford
Jakob Tomas St. James Catholic High School Guelph
Lucas Varga Nelson High School Burlington
Souleymane Camara Collège Charles-Lemoyne Sainte-Catherine
Samuel Gamelin Collège Charles-Lemoyne Sainte-Catherine
Tristan Marois Collège Charles-Lemoyne Sainte-Catherine
Eric Choquette Churchill Community High School La Ronge
Crozier Holmes Central Collegiate Moose Jaw
Tyson Krushelniski Bishop James Mahoney High School Saskatoon
Carson Matt Martin Collegiate Regina
Taggart Rowell Luther College High School Regina
Stephen Smith North Valley High School Abernethy
Aidan Sommacal St. Joseph High School Saskatoon
CJ Vincent Central Collegiate Moose Jaw
Matthew Wist Bethlehem Catholic High School Saskatoon

To read more about the program or the 70 TITANs selected, visit the Nissan Kickoff Project website at More information on the program launch can be found here.

About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. NCI was the first Japanese-based automaker to incorporate in Canada in 1965, and now directly employs 306 full-time staff across offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC). There are 207 independent Nissan dealerships, including 81 that also act as Nissan Commercial Vehicles dealers, 114 electric vehicle-certified dealers, and 42 INFINITI retailers across Canada.

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at and

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the U.S. media sites and

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

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