Michael “Pinball” Clemons

Michael “Pinball” Clemons

Michael “Pinball” Clemons
Vice Chair, Toronto Argonauts; Founder, Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation

Conversation Starter: Tackling Social Responsibility – If You Were the Coach Which Play Would You Call?

What do we mean by social responsibility? If you were the coach which play would you call?

 1. Run: it is the responsibility of every Canadian to see to the needs of their community. We should all pick up the ball and run with it.

2. Pass: it's not our responsibility. As members of a community we are solely responsible to take care of our own families.

3. Offense: it is the responsibility of individuals to pick themselves up. Your circumstances are responsible for who you are but you are responsible for who you become. 

4. Defense: it is the responsibility of government to defend the rights of every Canadian as well as to provide for their basic needs. Social responsibility lands squarely in the lap of government. 

5. Special Teams: how much responsibility does the faith community have? Bigger churches or bigger hearts?

How do we win? By creating sustainable community development.

About Michael Clemons

Michael "Pinball" Clemons is an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership, personal character and integrity. An economics graduate, he is the pro football world-record holder in all-purpose yards, a feat which earned him induction into the CFL Hall of Fame. He is also the first and only black head coach to win the Grey Cup in its 98-year history, though probably better known for his off-the-field achievements. Pinball's eponymous foundation is involved with numerous charitable projects, including the construction of 131 schools over five years in third world countries.

The author, philanthropist and entrepreneur is currently the Vice-Chair of the Toronto Argonauts. Also a member of the distinguished Order of Ontario, Mike's proudest accomplishment is to be the husband of Diane, and the father of Rachel, Raven and Rylie.

2016 Summer Conference

The Canada Project

Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World

August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON

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