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The CFLPA and AU Team Up for Education

Just a few weeks ago, Athabasca University headed down to McMahon Stadium in Calgary to shoot a series or short commercials – commercials that have already started airing nationwide on the CFL website.

two football players on bench

With a formal partnership between the Canadian Football League Players Association (CFLPA) and Athabasca University, it was time to share what this partnership means to the players.

Current Calgary Stampeders players Tim St. Pierre and Jeff Hecht are taking courses at AU while playing football. They’re not even waiting until the season is over to jump into their studies.

It only seemed fitting to include St. Pierre and Hecht in the commercials and both players were eager and great sports for the entire shoot. Tim St. Pierre is currently taking several courses towards his Finance certificate (a post-baccalaureate program) and will be applying to get into the MBA program shortly. Jeff Hecht is also taking courses in finance.

Along with St. Pierre and Hecht, Associate Dean, Pedagogy and Student Experience in the Faculty of Business, agreed to participate in the commercial shoot. There is a connection with Jensen and St. Pierre- Jensen is the Course Coordinator for St. Pierre’s program here at AU.

Four commercials were shot and will be released over the next few months. The first one, appropriately titled “The Bench”, made its debut last week on the CFL site just in time for the Labour Day classic games.

Read more about Tim St. Pierre’s story in the latest edition of Open Magazine (page 13).

Background:

In June 2014, Athabasca University (AU) formally partnered with the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) as the official education provider for their players – both past and present. At AU, we understand the challenges that professional athletes face as they work towards a university education. Busy playing and training schedules leave little time for class time.

Current AU students Tim St. Pierre and Jeff Hecht are balancing careers as pro football players with the Calgary Stampeders and taking courses in finance. AU offers them the flexibility they need to be able to do both successfully.

And that’s why AU and the CFLPA make a great team! CFLPA President Scott Flory says that “The CFLPA is excited about our new partnership which will give our players the opportunity to further their university education with Athabasca University. AU provides our players the flexibility to work around a busy football schedule and the many hours they commit to being professional athletes.”

Check out “The Bench” video below: