Nathan Rourke (Canadian Football League)
The Wilms Cancer Foundation are delighted to be represented by sports personality and children's cancer champion: Nathan Rourke.
As part of our brand ambassador program Nathan has been an inspiration not only to his loyal fans but to the children, families and healthcare organizations that are tackling Wilms everyday. His support has been essential in our ability to generate awareness of this terrible disease and to help those who are effected by this Wilms terrible disease.
Nathan Rourke is a true champion both on and off the field.
Rourke was born in Victoria, British Columbia but grew up in Oakville, Ontario. He played minor football for the Burlington Stampeders before playing for three years at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario.
Rourke spent one season at Fort Scott, where he was named first-team All-KJCCC. He then transferred to Ohio University, where he started at quarterback for three years for the Bobcats. Rourke led Ohio to a 25–14 overall record as a starting quarterback for the Bobcats, while leading the team to three consecutive bowl victories in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl, 2018 Frisco Bowl, and the 2020 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (January).
He was the first winner of the Jon Cornish Trophy as the top Canadian football player in the NCAA for 2017, and repeated as winner in 2018. Growing up, Rourke idolized Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
Rourke was ranked as the seventh-overall prospect entering the 2020 CFL Draft; after being ranked third overall in both September 2019 and December 2019.
Rourke made his 2022 CFL season debut as the starting quarterback for the BC Lions on June 11, 2022, where he went 26/29 for 282 yards and three passing touchdowns. He also had seven carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns leading his team to a 59-15 victory over the Edmonton Elks. On June 25, 2022, Rourke set the record for most passing yards by a Canadian quarterback in a CFL game with 436 against the Toronto Argonauts.
He also set a Lions club record that night for pass completions in a single game with 39, breaking Buck Pierce's previous record of 38. On August 6, 2022, he broke his own record for passing yards by a Canadian when he threw for 477 yards against the Elks and also threw a career high five touchdown passes.
In that same game, he completed 34 out of 37 pass attempts (91.9%) to record the highest pass completion rate in a single game with a minimum of 30 attempts and the third-highest completion percentage with a minimum of 20 attempts. In the following game, on August 14, 2022, Rourke again set a new mark for passing yards by a Canadian with 488 yards and tied his own Lions franchise record with 39 completions in the comeback victory over the Calgary Stampeders.
Nathan Rourke has achieved the honours of Top Performer of the Week in the CFL 6 times. Rourke was named Top Performer once in the 2021 CFL season and achieved Top Performer in the 2022 season during week 1,3,8,9, and 10.
Media, Events and Community
WCF Brand ambassadors are not just spokes-people seeking to bring about greater awareness of the disease. They are committed advocates who are actively engaged in supporting those who are tackling the disease on a daily basis; children, families and healthcare organizations.
Become a Brand Ambassador
Our brand ambassador program is essential in the WCF's ability to generate awareness of this terrible disease and to help those who are directly effected.
With your help we can seek to relieve the emotion and financial burden created by diagnosis and you can have a significant impact on the lives of those who are tackling the disease on a daily basis.
Attached is a brief synopsis of the WCF's program and its parameters. Please take the time to review it and consider the positive impact you can have on the lives of children, families and healthcare organizations.