RBC and Steve Yzerman help build a community of skaters in Cochrane
The $10,000 RBC Play Hockey Grant to Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre
is the most recent in a long line of contributions RBC has made to the Alberta
CALGARY, Aug. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - RBC Play Hockey Ambassador, Steve Yzerman, will
welcome Cochrane's Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre to Team Canada's
centre ice at WinSport to receive a 2013 RBC Play Hockey grant of $10,000. RBC
Play Hockey is a wide-ranging, multi-year commitment to grow the game of
hockey that to date has provided more than $1.5 million in grants to over 120
grassroots hockey programs across North America.
"I have spent my life playing hockey and have seen firsthand the benefit this
sport has on Canadian families," says Steve Yzerman, RBC Play Hockey
Ambassador. "I am proud to be here today, on behalf of RBC, to honour the
great people behind the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Their
commitment will ensure increased access to the sport of hockey for the
community of Cochrane with the goal of getting more people out on the ice
enjoying this great game."
Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLS FSC) was awarded an RBC Play
Hockey Grant to fund three unique hockey initiatives designed to introduce the
game in a fun and approachable way.
-- SLS FSC Play N Skate is public skating with a twist. During
this time, toys, plastic sticks, pucks and nets are set up on
the ice and kids age 3-6 can play while learning the basic
elements of hockey.
-- SLS FSC Hockey Kids. Kids new to hockey are given the
opportunity to learn some of the finer points of skating,
shooting, passing, and playing the game in a non competitive
-- SLS FSC Ladies Shinny. Giving females the opportunity to get
out on the ice, this program introduces women to the sport and
provides them the opportunity to develop their skills.
"The RBC Play Hockey Grant enables us to introduce programs that we haven't
offered before and to build on the idea that hockey should be open and
accessible to everyone in our community," said Robin Mitchell, General
Manager, Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. "We can't thank RBC enough
for giving us this opportunity to keep kids on the ice in Cochrane for years
RBC Play Hockey is a collection of programs and partnerships focused on
helping build a nation of skaters, from ponds to podiums, so everyone can play
hockey. Nearly 570,000 kids play hockey in Canada and the game continues to be
a defining characteristic for Canadians.
"The game of hockey relies on volunteers, coaches and supporters to help grow
the sport and engage youth from a young age," said Mike Maloney, Regional Vice
President, RBC. "At RBC, we're proud to support the hard work and dedication
that helps make hockey happen in communities in Alberta, and across the
As a premier partner of Hockey Canada, RBC is an official sponsor of the men's
and women's national teams, the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, and
Canada's National Junior A Championship - the RBC Cup. RBC sponsors amateur
sport in communities across Canada, from grassroots programs to national sport
associations and elite-level athletes. For more information, visit
rbcplayhockey.com. To apply for a grant or for more information about the RBC
Play Hockey program, visit rbcplayhockey.com.
SOURCE RBC Calgary
Pamela Brown Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, RBC Alberta and the
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