All nine CFL teams, along with the league office, will donate a combined $50,000 to Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray.
The Edmonton Eskimos, who are a five-hour drive from Fort McMurray, helped to lead the initiative.
“Our thoughts are with the people of Fort McMurray,” said CFL Commissioner Jeffrey L. Orridge through a league-released statement. “They have been our gracious hosts. They are our friends. And most importantly, they are our fellow Canadians. All of our teams, and I know all of our fans, wish them safe passage and in time a full recovery from this crisis.”
The CFL has strong ties to Fort McMurray, who hosted both a preseason and regular season game last season.