This past weekend, on September 24th, 2022, NLLPA Vice President and Executive Director, Reid Reinholdt, along with San Diego Seals Player Representative, Drew Belgrave, and the Coalition of Professional Athletes, hosted the Premier of British Columbia, Honourable John Horgan. Together they watched the B.C. Lions take on the Calgary Stampeders at B.C. Place.
In attendance from the coalition were Solomon Elimimian, CFLPA President, CFLPA Executive Director Brian Ramsay, Larry Landon, Executive Director of the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, and CFLPA alumni Jamal Johnson and Claudell Louis. Leaders from the B.C. Federation of Labour and the United Steelworkers also joined for the evening to support the coalition and cheer on their local team.
This coalition, formed by the CFLPA in 2018, continues to work tirelessly to remove exemptions faced by professional athletes regarding workplace injuries and gain coverage by the WorkSafeBC system in which they are currently not supported. The NLLPA is grateful to the British Columbia leadership, who have been instrumental in their support for much-needed change. Simply put, Athletes should be treated the same as any other worker in this province and country, and should be afforded the same protections in their workplace for injuries like any other employee in the province.
The NLLPA and Players’ Associations across the country remain committed to their work to create positive change and impact for athletes today, tomorrow, and in the future.