Lions kicker Paul McCallum signed the back of the jersey "see you at the Grey Cup."
Ivan Hiscock, wearing the Lions' orange with McCallum's name penned in Sharpie, was at B.C. Place in November when his team beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the CFL championship. And he was one of hundreds of fans, young and old, to meet the pride of B.C. on Sunday during Lions fan fest at Hillside Stadium.
"How could it be better?" Hiscock said of the Cup and the sunny afternoon that greeted the community event.
A few metres away, Elizabeth Street lined up her infant twins, David and James, in their stroller in front of Geroy Simon, who is fewer than 100 yards away from becoming the CFL's all-time leading pass receiver.
Street said she wanted the photo "because I'm from B.C."
Lions president Dennis Skulsky said Sunday's event was another example of the success of the club's three-year run here.
The Lions have an option for a fourth year in their agreement with the City of Kamloops and there is possibility of extension beyond.
"Ultimately, it's the facility that does it," Skulsky said of cities competing for the right to host the two-week camp.
"You need turf of this quality. You need the meeting rooms, athletic training facilities and dorms."
Skulsky said the club, from the president down to the players, is impressed with the Tournament Capital's offerings.
Players competing for a job here "compare this setup to NFL camps where they've played," he said.
But the club also recognizes it needs to make its presence felt in other parts of the province. The Lions have held training camps in the Fraser Valley, Island and Kelowna.
"The sign says 'Pride of B.C.' We get questions from other communities: 'When are you coming here?' "
Before the autograph-signing session in the afternoon, players invited to the camp ran a mini-camp of their own for local junior football players.
"It was really fun," said Kai Mohring, who ran a gauntlet of players and foam stacks, aping a running back with the ball.
"They're much bigger than they are on TV."
Lions starting quarterback Travis Lulay tossed footballs with junior players from three-feet tall to teenagers.
Growing up in Oregon, the CFL's most outstanding player in 2011, said he didn't have the opportunity to rub shoulders with giants in shoulder pads. He played baseball, soccer and basketball until high school, where he would take up the sport that made him a star.
"It's good to see normal life, normal people instead of just each other fighting for jobs," Lulay said of the break for players Sunday.
Lulay and other Lions signed the back of junior players' T-shirts after rotating them through drills at each station.
Leesa Warner, a coach with Kamloops Community Football, said she wants her young players to see themselves in 10 or 15 years as big and fit, not big and fat.
"I tell my 12 and 13-year-olds you'll be a big boy. You have a chance to be big and strong or big and fat. These guys didn't sit around playing video games when they were young."