It's notable how much time many CFL players spend helping people in their communities, whether that's through team initiatives or a variety of personal projects. Most of those efforts take place in the city where they play, of course, and those are incredibly valuable; many of these guys are heroes in their communities and can put that celebrity status to good use with community outreach. However, CFL players can also do a lot of good around the world, even if the people in their destination don't have a real feel for Canadian football. We saw that with the Huddle For Haiti trip last year, and the story of Hamilton Tiger-Cats' defensive back Ryan Hinds returning to his native Guyana to officially open a neonatal intensive care unit and gather information for future fundraising illustrates just what kind of an impact CFL players can make globally, even in areas where people have no idea about their league.
Hinds has been doing an informal internship at McMaster Children's Hospital, so his involvement with this project fits in with his career interests, but the trip to Guyana (a small country on the northern coast of South America) was also personal for him. He grew up in Guyana, but left the country when he was eight and had never been back before this. Hinds went with Dr. Narendra Singh (founder of Guyana Help The Kids, the non-profit organization that set up the trip), but his father also came along, and they even visited their old house. As Hinds said in one of his video blogs he filed from Guyana, his arrival in the country felt unreal given his long absence.
"As we got off the runway, it was real dream-like," he said. "I had imagined what it would be like when I finally got here, but it was like walking in that dream."
Here are the video blogs Hinds filed while in Guyana:Read More »from Ryan Hinds’ Guyana trip shows how CFL players can make a global impact