Facilitators

Jonathan Hood B.A. (HONS), M.A. 

Jonathan Hood is a professional athlete, motivational speaker, personal coach and youth mentor. He grew up in Mississauga, ON, and excelled in many sports. In 2004, he accepted a football scholarship to St. Francis Xavier University. At STFX, he completed a bachelor’s degree with honours in Psychology. He's also made accomplishments on the field. In 2007, Jonathan set a CIS record for the longest kick return for a touchdown (128 yards), scored 5 touchdowns and was an AUS All-Star.

In 2008, he was drafted 26th overall in the CFL to the Edmonton Eskimos. He spent half a season with the Eskimos before returning to school to complete a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sports Psychology at the University of Western Ontario.

Jonathan signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2010. That year, he had 10 special team tackles in 14 games. Then in 2011, he was third in the league in special team tackles with 22.

Jonathan is heavily involved in the community. Aside from coaching young leaders at GTA Youth Athletics football camps, he runs a high school youth mentoring program alongside Ryan Hinds. He also speaks at various events, schools, convocation ceremonies and business luncheons. He is part of a multitude of community initiatives with The CFL that are aimed at promoting a healthy active lifestyle.

His organization is committed to responding to a need by not only building physical skills, but also in-depth knowledge of the game of football.

 

Ryan Hinds B.Sc. (Biology, pre-med focus)

Hinds was selected in the second round (13th overall) of the 2009 CFL Canadian Draft. After being injured the first 9 games of the season, Hinds played in 10 games and started in 7 at Corner for the Ticats as a rookie. Hinds recorded 24 tackles and an interception in his first rookie season. In 2011, Ryan started the first 12 games of the season before missing next 7 weeks and returning in the Eastern Final loss in Winnipeg.

He also played four seasons (2006-2009) at New Hampshire. He made 133 tackles (92 solo), 10 interceptions, three fumble recoveries and three tackles for losses in 42 games. He returned an interception 88 yards for a touchdown and was selected as the winner of the Buck Buchanan Distinguished Service Award in his senior season. Ryan was named to the CAA Academic All-Conference Team. He studied (Pre-med) Biology and graduated in 2010. Ryan has an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of New Hampshire, with a pre-med focus. He aspires to become a doctor.

 

Isaac Brown B.A. (Sports Management & Coaching)

Isaac, also known as “Ike”, is a professional football player in his 4th year with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a linebacker and special teams threat. Ike graduated from Central Michigan University in 2007 with a degree in Sports Management and Athletic Coaching.  Ike has been working in communities and giving back to the youth since 2005 in Mount Pleasant MI, Saginaw MI, Atlanta GA, and Hamilton ON. A native to Saginaw MI, Ike comes from a loving family with 6 siblings.  Ike continues his work as a professional football player and a role model in the community by helping to mold the character of young adults.

 

Justin Minott B.A. (Hons in Sociology)

Justin Minott is an internationally renowned speaker and philanthropist who exists to help others become the best that they can be. His passion for people and community is second to none. When he is not inspiring others through speaking and preaching, Justin is most often found traveling the world engaging communities in love and service. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Souls of the Feet, a non-profit organization that connects people from around the world through projects that make a difference.

Justin sits on the Board of Directs of the affiliate program – Souls of the Feet Global Empowerment Foundation, a not-for-profit group that connects nations, communities, organizations, and individuals to local and international projects that invigorate positive change and transformation for everyone involved.