With the first season of the Carleton Ravens Football team only a year away, the ball is already rolling with recruiting. Players like 185-centimeter, 88-kilogram receiver Cam Stewart have already signed on and are ready to start the season. For the time being, Stewart, a psychology major, has being playing with other Raven recruits on the Ottawa Sooners and training with Pat Woodcock at Elite Performance Academy.
Stewart transferred from Saint Marys University to play for the Ravens, much the same as his father did in the late 1970s when he came from Dalhousie University to play defensive back. His father‘s connection to Ravens football continued in the early 1980s when he was an assistant coach.
“Ever since Carleton announced they were bringing football back the thought of transferring was always in the back of my mind,” said Stewart. “Coach Sumarah and Asselin are great coaches and the plans for the new facilities are impressive. It’s an awesome opportunity to be part of something new and to play in my hometown.”
“Being a year away, we are very excited about the positive response we are getting to our recruiting efforts,” said Steve Sumarah, head football coach for the Carleton Ravens. “The class of 2013 is shaping up to be a good one. We are really excited about the student athletes we have commitments from and those we are still in close discussions with.”
The re-born football program is made possible primarily by the financial support of Carleton graduates, led by a donation of more than $2.5 million from Ottawa entrepreneur John Ruddy. A total of $5 million has been raised and these founding pledges will be supplemented by operating revenues from sponsorship proceeds, gate receipts and ongoing fundraising activities to ensure the program flourishes.
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