Parents of Players (POP)

The POP group at the University of Guelph is unlike any other in Canada.

The POP Group represents/stands for "Parents of Players" but is not limited to. Over the years, the POP Group has evolved to include not only parents of players but also families, friends, alumni and community members.

This proud group offers a link to the Gryphon Football Program without interfering in the Gryphon Player's university football experience. 

Through various fun and inclusive events and initiatives, the POP Group welcomes everyone to come together to support and cheer on our Gryphons!

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As a first year Gryphon Parent of a player/student, the POP Group has held my hand and guided me in the right direction. I am not sure where I would be without them. Not only showing me what is, and where to go, but also encouraged me and my son to be a part of a family much greater and bigger than ours. I am thankful and gratefully honoured to be a part of an amazing group of people who all together strive with one voice, as one body, for one mission...... GO GRYPHONS!!!
— Rica Soyer, Mom of first-year Gryphon Dewan Soyer
When our son Colin Jerome eventually decided to attend the University of Guelph three years ago, we were delighted with his choice as we knew the coaching staff, under Stu Lang’s leadership, would take very good care of him both scholastically and athletically. The word “family” was very much a part of the Gryphon lexicon. Little did we know that we, as parents, were the ones who were going to be the benefactors of this extended family.
We live in Northern Ontario and four hours away from Colin’s new home. As most of you know, teenage boys are not the best communicators the world has to offer. The POP group became our eyes and ears. From the first introduction at the recruit luncheon, to our first road trip to Montreal, the extraordinary men and women of the POP group kept us informed, made us feel welcomed and became a lifeline to all things a Gryphon parent requires.
Suffice it to say that we are the envy of CIS (now USPORTS) varsity parents. We have friends whose children attend other universities and play varsity sports. They cannot believe what the POP group does in terms of the events they coordinate. The execution of the tailgate parties, both home and away are second to none. We have made lifelong friends because of their efforts and cannot thank them enough. GO GRYPHONS!!
— Rob and Jo-Anne Jerome, Parents of 3rd Year Gryphon Colin Jerome
It has been our pleasure to have participated in the events organized and supported by the POP group during the past four years. POP has done a fantastic job in keeping us informed about all aspects of the team. They provide a line of communication that allows us to truly feel a part of the Gryphon family. POP brings together parents, friends, and alumni, allowing us to connect through our mutual bond that is Gryphon football. This is a special group of wonderful people and we are grateful for all that they do.
— Tracy & Tom Drouillard, Parents of 4th Year Gryphon Derek Drouillard