Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Kamar Jorden has been selected as the recipient of the Herm Harrison Memorial Award for 2021.
Established in 2013, the annual award recognizes a Stampeders player for outstanding community service. One of the franchise’s greats, Herm Harrison played for the Stampeders from 1964 to 1972 and was a six-time West Division star and three-time CFL star. Harrison remained in Calgary after his playing days and continued to support many community initiatives.
Despite the ongoing challenges of appearances and in-person team events, Jorden – in his eighth year with the Stamps – has remained determined to give back in a big way.
Originally from Darby, Pa., Jorden has continued to organize, promote and host free youth soccer camps in his hometown that he launched in 2017, with more than 500 participants to date. Jorden has also been the head coach for Big Time Players 7v7 Football – a leading contactless program in Calgary – for the past two years and continued as a guest coach last summer.
His work with minor football extends to training young receivers across town at the peewee, bantam, high school and junior levels.
Additionally, Jorden has shown his support in several high school football games this year, including the recent Senior Division 1A City Championship game between the Notre Dame Lions and the St. Francis Browns.
During the canceled 2020 CFL season, Jorden took a proactive approach to continue his engagement with the community by broadcasting a series of video messages to various schools, youth groups and long-time membership holders as well as in the Airdrie Raiders football program.
Currently, Jorden is the team spokesperson for the Purolator Tackle Hunger program, encouraging fans to bring non-perishable food to the team’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday.
âI am very touched and incredibly honored to receive this award, as well as to be mentioned with the great Herm Harrison and all of the past recipients for whom I have great respect,â Jorden said in a press release.
âWith everything I’ve heard about Herm over the years, the one thing that always comes back was how caring he was and how much he cared about his community.
âI’ve always wanted to find ways to give back to my hometown and my community organically. I understand the position I find myself in as a professional athlete and take great pride in being able to motivate, encourage and teach the game to the next generation of soccer players, whether here in Canada or the United States.
Past winners of the Herm Harrison Memorial Award are Rob Cote (2013), Randy Chevrier (2014), Bo Levi Mitchell (2015, 2016), Joshua Bell (2017) and Rob Maver (2018, 2019).
Jorden has received 51 receptions for 752 yards and four touchdowns this season, leading the Stamps in all three categories.