More than 30,000 kids in 14 communities across Alberta will benefit from the legacy of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship
CALGARY, Dec. 23, 2011, /CNW/ – RBC has awarded a total of $70,000 in RBC Play Hockey Grants to 14 communities across Alberta in the lead-up to the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. Each $5,000 grant was given as part of the World Hockey Tour to commemorate the legacy of the World Juniors and recognize the efforts of associations that help people get started, get better and go further in hockey.
Over the past three weeks, minor hockey associations that received RBC Play Hockey Grants include Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Stettler, Cold Lake, Falher, Thorhild, Innisfail, Okotoks, Olds, Red Deer, Camrose, Brooks, Lethbridge and Three Hills. The grants will help fund skating programs, hockey development initiatives, and coaching clinics.
“RBC Play Hockey was created to support the hard work and dedication of people in communities like Brooks and Okotoks who volunteer their time to help hockey happen,” said Bruce MacKenzie, regional president, Alberta and the Territories, RBC. “Hockey is part of the fabric of this nation. By supporting the game at the grassroots level, we hope to protect and grow hockey so that Canada can compete at the highest levels for generations to come.”
RBC Play Hockey is a wide-ranging, multi-year commitment aimed at supporting grassroots hockey. The cornerstone of RBC Play Hockey is its grants program which provides funding for new and existing hockey initiatives that get people playing the game at all levels. New for 2012, RBC will augment funding for future grant recipients with one year of financial advice to help local organizations better manage their hockey programs.
Grant applications will be accepted starting December 26, 2011, and remain open until May 30, 2012. If you know of a great hockey initiative in your community, apply for an RBC Play Hockey grant at rbcplayhockey.com.