‘They’re not alone’

Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman Dan Clark addressed a crowed of approximately 1,200 Saskatchewan Rivers School Division students during this year’s Pack the CPAC event at Carlton. (Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald)

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Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman Dan Clark stands six feet, two inches tall and weighs in at 310 pounds. He is a Grey Cup champion. And while it may seem unlikely, he was bullied “really badly” in elementary school.

Clark’s refuge was athletics. He played junior football with his hometown Regina Thunder before being drafted by the Riders in 2010.

“Whether it be sports, dance, music, art, anything like that, it gives kids an opportunity to have an outlet. And then once I found sports the power just came and I definitely felt more comfortable to be myself and overcome the situations,” Clark said.

On Friday Clark was off the field and on the basketball court at the Carlton Physical Activity Complex for the second annual Pack the CPAC event.

Approximately 1,200 elementary school students from 16 schools across the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division crowded into the CPAC stands to watch the Carlton Crusaders boys’ and girls’ basketball teams take on the Meath Park Mustangs in a set of exhibition matches. Carlton vice-principal David Lokinger said it was as if both teams had home-court advantage, since Meath Park students relocated to Carlton for about six weeks when their school was damaged by fire in October.

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