Reaching the “sweet spot” in life is key to understanding and creating our own legacy. Diane and Michael “Pinball” Clemons help shine a light onto the world, sharing the great joy we discover only through following Jesus Christ.
Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Diane Lee Clemons has music embedded in her soul. Diane has graced the stage of major events across North America, including concerts, empowerment conferences, music awards, sporting events, and charity galas. But one of her most cherished memories was at The House of Blues in New Orleans meeting and singing with the great Stevie Wonder.
Apart from her love for music, Diane has made several television appearances, has been featured in numerous magazines and is known for her gift of motivational speaking. On top of this, she is an actress, speaker, and philanthropist. She is a mother of three and the wife of one of Toronto’s most popular athletes, Michael “Pinball” Clemons.
The man they call “Pinball” is indeed one of Toronto’s treasures. There are many football heroes who have brought pride to the city and it’s home team, the Toronto Argonauts, but it is difficult to find a more popular name in team history than Michael Clemons. Born in Dunedin, Florida, Michael’s on-field career in the CFL ran from 1989 – 2000 before he became Head Coach and took the team to its first Grey Cup victory since 1997.
Known for a personality that is as electric as his style of play on the field was, Clemons redefines the meaning of community involvement and has been recognized by many organizations for his tireless work with charities, schools and other community groups. In 2007, he fulfilled a longtime ambition by launching “The Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation (MPCF) with his wife Diane. The MPCF aims to quicken academic excellence, infuse depth of character, promote health and vitality, and inspire generosity in our youth. In February 2006, Clemons was named Chair of the Youth Challenge Fund by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. In 2005, he was an integral part of launching The Argos Foundation – Stop The Violence and was later named to its Board.
Michael and Diane have three beautiful daughters, Rachel, Raven, and Rylie, and are proud to call Oakville, Ontario home.