2011 RBC Play Hockey Grant Recipients Announced
More than 30 organizations across North America benefit in first round
TORONTO, MAY 5, 2011— RBC, in partnership with
Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, today announced that more than
30 organizations from across North America will receive 2011
RBC Play Hockey grants. RBC Play Hockey is a wide-ranging,
multi-year commitment to grow the game of hockey from the
grassroots level in communities across North America.
"Each of our recipients has demonstrated a commitment
and passion to keep hockey vibrant and strong in their community,"
said Jim Little, chief brand and communications officer, RBC.
"RBC is proud to support the hard work and dedication
that helps hockey happen. We believe in giving back to our
local communities and these grants will benefit a wide range
of programs and services so that more people can play the
To help shine a spotlight on the people and programs associated
with hockey in communities across North America, RBC Play
Hockey Grants have been awarded to existing and future projects
dedicated to helping people play all forms and all levels
of hockey. The 2011 RBC Play Hockey grant recipients will
be awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.
RBC has been involved in hockey at both the community and
national level for decades, since 1947. With $1 million in
grants available and a team of RBC Play Hockey Ambassadors
which includes Steve Yzerman, Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban
who will share their passion and excitement for the game,
RBC Play Hockey will strengthen and energize the game at the
grassroots level and deliver a hockey program that gives everyone
the chance to play.
To date, RBC has provided more than $200,000 in grants to
hockey programs across North America - ranging from learn-to-skate,
ball hockey, and equipment-sharing programs to reduced registration,
access to ice and hockey clinic initiatives. RBC Play Hockey
grant applications will continue to be accepted until September
30, 2011. A second round of grants will be announced in October
2011. To apply for a grant or for more information about the
RBC Play Hockey program, visit www.rbcplayhockey.com.
"Without skates to tie, volunteers to teach, coaches
to inspire, and ice to skate on, the game of hockey simply
would not happen," said Little. "Our focus is to
help people get started, get better and go further in hockey."
RBC is committed to helping hockey happen in communities
across North America. As a premier partner of Hockey Canada
and USA Hockey, RBC is an official sponsor of each country's
men's and women's national teams, the 2011 IIHF World Junior
Championship, Canada's National Junior A Championship - the
RBC Cup - and the Hockey Hall of Fame. RBC sponsors amateur
sport in communities across North America, from grassroots
programs to national sport associations and elite-level athletes.
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For more information, please contact:
RBC Brand Communications, 416-974-1724