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Local disabled sport programs receive $349,966 from Olympic 50/50 program

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, BC – The BC Amateur Hockey Association, Curl BC and Disabled Skiers Association of BC are receiving $349,966 thanks to 50/50 proceeds raised during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games by the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) in partnership with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). The funds will be used by the three local amateur sporting associations to support programs that benefit disabled athletes in British Columbia.

“We are extremely proud to provide these funds to three valuable sporting associations in our province,” said Victor de Bonis, Vice President, CFKF, and Chief Operating Officer, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “The Canucks for Kids Fund is dedicated to helping encourage growth at the grassroots level of sports in British Columbia to provide children with the necessary resources to achieve their ultimate goals. These funds will create a legacy in our province for years to come.”

The funds being granted will provide these three beneficiaries the opportunity to expand existing programs, launch new programs and purchase equipment that will impact children and youth with physical disabilities across BC.

“This is an amazing opportunity for BC’s disabled skiing and snowboarding community. Because of this funding our ‘Snowbility’ program will be able introduce adaptive snow sports to remote communities across the province by helping to establish community based and volunteer supported clubs,” said Brian Forrester, Executive Director, Disabled Skiers Association of BC. “This program will provide much needed adaptive equipment to individuals with a disability who would otherwise be unable to afford the expense of purchasing such highly specialized and expensive equipment.”

The Disabled Skiers Association of BC will use these funds for equipment and programs at 11 mountains across the province.

“This is an exciting day for hockey in British Columbia. The support of the Canucks for Kids Fund will allow us to develop one of the most comprehensive Sledge Hockey programs in the country,” said BC Hockey President Shannon Bell. “The commitment that the Canucks for Kids Fund has made to our Sledge Hockey programming will leave a lasting legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

With its awarded funds, the BC Amateur Hockey Association will be able to improve its Sledge Hockey membership program and build its network of internal and external support, as well as adding to its equipment inventory to benefit athletes for years to come. Curl BC will have the opportunity to enhance their Adapted Outreach program for wheelchair curling across BC.

“Curl BC is delighted that the Canucks for Kids Fund and VANOC have decided to provide support to the grassroots development of Winter Paralympic sports,” said Curl BC Executive Director and CEO, Scott Braley. “These funds will enable Curl BC to develop an adapted curling physical education program with the goal to overcome participation barriers experienced by children with disabilities throughout BC.”

In addition to increasing equipment inventory, the donated funds will help these three associations continue to build awareness for disabled sports in BC.

“Our goal was to deliver an extraordinary Olympic and Paralympic experience with lasting legacies. We’re extremely pleased that the passion of the fans at hockey and curling events has resulted in extraordinary 50/50 proceeds that will provide a significant financial legacy for local amateur sport,” said John McLaughlin, VANOC CFO.

The CFKF operated the 50/50 program during the Games at the Vancouver Olympic Centre, UBC Thunderbird Arena and Canada Hockey Place during 83 live Olympic curling and hockey events. Ticket holders attending Olympic ice hockey or curling sessions had the opportunity to participate in the 50/50 program by purchasing a 50/50 ticket while at a game. Fifty per cent of the funds raised during each game was awarded to a lucky ticket holder while the remaining proceeds were held for future distribution to charities supporting amateur sports.

About the Canucks for Kids Fund
The Canucks for Kids Fund is the Vancouver Canucks charitable arm which dedicates its resources to assist charities who support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia. Thanks to the generosity of our fans, donors, players, employees and sponsor partners, the CFKF has granted more than $32 million to charities in British Columbia over the last two decades serving over 85 different organizations helping them to reach their goals.

About BC Amateur Hockey
BC Hockey is a non-profit organization and member branch of Hockey Canada in charge of governing amateur hockey at all levels in British Columbia and Yukon Territory. Approximately 150 minor hockey associations, 55,000 players, 4,500 referees, 20,000 official volunteers and countless others make our great game possible here in Pacific Canada.

Founded in 1919 as the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association, BC Hockey has seen many changes and substantial growth over the years. The organization continues to strive to provide training and resources for volunteers so that they may better serve the amateur hockey community.

About Curl BC
Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system that declares provincial representation at National events. In cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides service to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive groups.

About the Disabled Skiers Association of BC
The Disabled Skiers Association of BC is a registered Canadian Charity, working with over 600 volunteers to provide opportunities for all persons with a disability to enjoy the freedom and therapeutic benefits of skiing and snowboarding. Based in Vancouver since 1973, the DSABC works with our local volunteer delivery organizations in 12 rural and urban BC communities to provide learn-to-ski programs for in excess of 750 students of all ages with all forms of disability. Through our Snowbility and Building our Best Programs, DSABC provides clinics for volunteer instructors; clinics for coaches and officials; learn to race programs and opportunities for competitive racing at all levels, with opportunities to become a member of the BC Para-Alpine Ski Team.

Information on all DSABC programs and services is available at

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