Raiders' Baker-Dubour cracks Canadian line-up
Above: John Baker-Dubour battles Donovan Gregoire (Mustangs).
Vita’s John Baker-Dubour will take his extreme passion for football, and his excellence with which he plays the game, to California and Mexico this winter as a member of a Team Canada national junior football team.
Baker-Dubour, 18, a 6’0", 230 lb linebacker with the Eastman Raiders of the Manitoba Major Football League, says he was invited to participate with the national team by the manager, who emailed him after seeing him perform on some online (YouTube) videos.
He was the star of the Eastman Raiders last season, where he played both sides of the ball, and played as many as six or seven positions on the team, including running back, through the course of the season.
Baker-Dubour will be one of 44 players (ages 18-22) on the national junior team roster. He will fly to Toronto for a two-day training camp Dec. 27 & 28 and the team will then depart for San Diego on Dec. 29. Team Canada will take on a Western U.S.A. team Dec. 31 at San Diego, and Team Mexico on January 3 and January 6. He was the first Manitoban selected to the team.
Baker-Dubour is attempting to raise money to offset some of his costs for the trip. He has prepared sponsorship packages for anyone willing to assist, who would then be recognized in the Team Canada official programs and on the Team Canada website.
As for his future plans, football definitely takes centre stage. “I have been contacting back and forth with coach Jeff Cummins from Acadia University (in Nova Scotia), we are working on preparing for me to attend Acadia next September.”
In a story written in The Carillon last year about Baker-Dubour, it documented his passion for the game. He helped the Midget Raiders win the Midget Football League of Manitoba championship two years ago and was a finalist for the league's President's Award (MVP) in 2010.
Midget Raiders coach Brett Daley said last year, “John has incredible athletic ability and shows great leadership with the team as well.”
Terry Frey @ The Carillon archives.
Message from John Baker-Dubour:
"In order to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity, I am asking for assistance. I have a sponsorship package from Team Canada for people or business's interested in sponsoring me, it includes anything from the "First Down Sponsor" ($50.00-$99.99) which is a souvenir photograph of 'Team Canada', Individual Player Photograph, Receipt for Tax purposes, and a Letter of appreciation. And the Highest one is a "Game Winner Sponsor ($1000.00+) Framed Souvenir photograph of 'Team Canada', Individual Player Photograph, Link to your businesses website, Receipt for Tax purposes, Letter of Appreciation, and Team Canada Plaque."
There are 5 levels of sponsorship:
$50.00-$99.99 --- First Down Sponsorship
$100.00-199.99 --- Point After
$200.00-$249.99 --- Field Goal
$250.00-$500.00 --- Touchdown Sponsor
$1000.00+ --- Game Winner Sponsor