Michael “Pinball” Clemons is an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership, personal character and integrity. The William & Mary Economics graduate is the pro-football world record holder in all purpose yards which earned him induction into the CFL Hall of Fame. He was also the first black head coach to win the Grey Cup in its 98 years, but is probably better known for his off the field exploits. Pinball is the founder of his own foundation whose most noteworthy project to date is building over 200 schools in third world countries over five years. The author, philanthropist and entrepreneur is currently the vice-chair of the Toronto Argonauts. Also a member of the distinguished Order of Ontario, Mike’s proudest accomplishment is to be the husband of Diane, and the father of Rachel, Raven and Rylie.
Pinball played for the Toronto Argonauts for twelve seasons before retiring in 2000. During his twelve year career as the Argo’s runnning back, Pinball earned the title of CFL Most Outstanding Player, helped his team win 3 Grey Cups, and set many team records. In 2008, Clemons was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
This Economics graduate is also the founder of his own foundation; ‘The Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons Foundation’; whose mission is to inspire hope and empowerment through philanthropy while being a conduit for accountability. One of their most noteworthy projects to date was building over 200 schools in third world countries over the span of five years.