The highlight of Minor Football Day in St. Albert on Saturday is the formal announcement of the renaming of the Riel Recreation Park artificial turf facility as Larry Olexiuk Field.
The ceremony starts at 11:45 a.m. with the opening address and introduction of special guests by St. Albert Minor Football Association president Micah Seon-King, the naming announcement by Mayor Nolan Crouse and few words from Olexiuk.
A group photo of all the 186 SAMFA players and 52 coaches/staff with Olexiuk and Crouse will also take place at field level.
Olexiuk will be joined by his wife Colleen at the event, which also serves as SAMFA’s 55th anniversary.
Several former players from the bantam St. Albert Palmer 49ers, St. Albert Storm and Bellerose Bulldogs and current members of the Bellerose junior and senior teams who have been influenced by Olexiuk as their coach will also be in attendance.
The day-long festivities include four games involving the SAMFA peewee and bantam teams.
Kickoff times are 10 a.m. (peewee junior varsity Colts versus Edmonton Seahawks) 12:30 p.m. (bantam junior varsity Fury versus Seahawks), 3 p.m. (bantam senior varsity Palmer 49ers versus Stony Plain Bombers) and 5:30 p.m. (peewee senior varsity Riders versus Stony Plain).
Darryl Moroz is the public address announcer during Super Saturday.
Last weekend, three of the four SAMFA teams make their regular season debuts. Scores were 57-0 for the 49ers against the Leduc Ticats, 21-0 for Sherwood Park Wolverines against the Fury and 33-0 for the Leduc Wildcats against the Riders. The Colts had the bye.