The president and CEO of the Edmonton Elks instructed 630 CHED he’s “extraordinarily apologetic” for the way the 2021 season has gone.
Going into Friday’s last residence sport of the season, the group has a 2-8 document and hasn’t been in a position to pull out a win at residence.
“Frankly, we’ve had a really poor yr,” Chris Presson stated.
“We all know it’s been a tough yr… our apologies as to how we carried out this yr in all sides, and I simply recognize you sticking with us.”
The Elks didn’t play final season because the CFL suspended all play because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because the group returned to play this season, the membership suffered an enormous COVID-19 outbreak. Between that outbreak and different stand-alone instances, the membership recorded 17 optimistic instances.
“At any time when you’ve got an outbreak that we sadly did, it’s onerous for us to get better from that,” Presson stated.
Edmonton Elks internet hosting Fan Appreciation Night time
He additionally pointed to the well being and security adjustments when the group got here again as a part of the explanation for the membership’s efficiency, calling all of it a “good storm.”
“The blokes are below quite a lot of psychological strain, and whenever you’re getting examined each different day, it actually creates issues in your thoughts since you don’t need to be the person who checks optimistic, that will have given it to a teammate,” Presson stated.
“Then, whenever you get your optimistic outcomes or your detrimental outcomes again, you begin to stress about it once more as a result of you already know you’re testing the subsequent day.“
And it’s not simply the gamers on the sphere who’ve been impacted. Presson stated as a result of the Elks are a community-owned group, he lowered the workplace employees greater than some other CFL group. Not solely has that affected morale within the workplace, it’s led to difficulties with followers.
Presson stated he’s spoken with greater than 100 followers this week alone and most of them have complaints in regards to the customer support followers have skilled this yr.
“We’re as responsible for our off-field efficiency as they’re for his or her on-field efficiency. However like them, we’re busting it every single day, making an attempt to determine it out as properly.”
Friday is fan appreciation evening and the group is making an attempt to do its greatest to thank the followers that caught by means of this season. There might be giveaways, food and drinks specials and bands and DJs all through the stadium. Followers may also be given discipline entry after the sport, although the gamers received’t be current because of the bubble they’ve to remain in.
Friday can be Toys on the Turf in help of 630 CHED Santas Nameless. Followers are inspired to deliver a brand new, unwrapped toy or money donation. Santas could have volunteers arrange outdoors the sport.
Toys on the Turf occasion geared toward supporting 630 CHED Santas Nameless
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