Mr. Speaker, with summer just around the corner, I rise today to welcome the president of the Ottawa Champions baseball team, David Gourlay, who is here in the gallery.
The Champions begin their third season this evening with the goal of defending their title as Can-Am League champions.
I am very proud to have the Champions in Ottawa—Vanier, as they support local businesses, such as the Clocktower Brew Pub, Kichesippi Beer, and Gabriel Pizza, and ensure local at-risk youth are employed with quality, summer jobs.
The Champions also raise funds for local charities, such as the Miracle League of Ottawa, supporting children with physical and intellectual disabilities in enjoying the game they love.
The Champions are organizing two international series this season, which will include a special game for Canada Day and the first professional all-star game in Ottawa.
I urge all colleagues in this place to join with me and cheer, Go, Champs, go.