CALGARY, AB -- Over the past year, the Calgary Flames have helped contribute over $1.6 million dollars to the Amateur Sport Grant Program as a part of the ongoing partnership between the organization and Parks Foundation Calgary.
Speaking to over 50 grant recipients, Parks Foundation Calgary board of governers member David Ardell expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the program.
"We're very pleased to have this continued partnership with the Calgary Flames, the Saddledome Foundation and the city of Calgary.
"We have, over the course of the years, we've raised multiple millions of dollars, spent on amateur sports equipment and capital to assist our amateur athletes across the city."
Since it's creation in 1985, the program, lead by the Amateur Sports Committee, has awarded over $75 million dollars worth of grants to a wide range of sport-related projects. It was created as a part of the Saddledome Foundation's commitment to establish an Olympic legacy from the operations of the Saddledome.
Special assistant to the acting general manager, Craig Conroy, spoke on behalf of the Flames and injected some humour into the mix.
"When you have your kids in sports and different activities, for me as a parent it means they have less time to get in trouble and that's a good thing," he chuckled. "You want them to be as busy possible and doing whatever they enjoy.
"It's amazing when you see all the people here that have been affected by it. There's probably 25 different groups here today that were affected by the donations. The way when they come up and talk to you and how much they really appreciate it and how much it is really needed too. For the Flames, the Saddledome Foundation and the Parks Foundation to all be together and doing great things in the community, it's a worthwhile experience for all of us to be involved."