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Flames/Sport Chek Development Camp for kids kicks off this weekend

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The fifth annual Calgary Flames and Sport Chek Development Camp is set to take place this Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st at the SAIT campus. The youth hockey camp, created by Rob Kerr, will be hosted by the SAIT Trojans and features players from the Flames Foundation’s EvenStrength Program, HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) and Football Hockey Link.

“Sport Chek is proud to be part of this program that provides youth players with a unique experience,” said Frederick Lecoq, Senior Vice President Marketing and eCommerce, FGL Sports. “With Rob Kerr and the Calgary Flames, we share the same values of supporting our local communities. I'm sure again this year, the camp will be high on emotion for these young hockey players.”

The two-day camp will include on-ice coaching, classroom instruction, hockey presentations, sport activities and a big league experience game for youth participants. Calgary Flames forward Hunter Shinkaruk will attend the camp on Sunday for a ceremonial puck-drop and to sign autographs for the young players while Flames alumni members Rene Corbet and Jeff Shantz will act as honourary coaches for the big league game. Players and their families will also take in presentations from Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan, former Calgary Stampeder Randy Chevrier and recently retired NHL linesman Mike Cvik.

“It is incredible to see what our camp has grown into over the past 5 years and none if could have happened without the tremendous support of our volunteers, the SAIT Trojans, Sport Chek and the Flames Foundation.” said Rob Kerr. “We are all very proud that we have created a one of a kind of event that has always stressed the importance of Teamwork, Respect, Leadership, and Fun. This year is very special for us as it will mark the return of some of our camp alumni to act as mentors for this year’s participants. It is incredible to think that some of players have come full circle.”

Players will receive instruction and activities based on the principles of teamwork, leadership and respect in sport. Representatives from the Calgary Flames Foundation, Sport Chek, local media outlets and the SAIT Trojans hockey team will volunteer as instructors and assist on both days. Media availability will take place on Sunday, August 21st at 1:00 PM inside the SAIT Arena.

The Flames EvenStrength Program and HEROS are both supported by the Calgary Flames Foundation on an annual basis. The Flames EvenStrength Program has distributed over $1.2 million to more than 4,000 kids since its inception in order to assist families who require financial assistance to register in hockey.

The Calgary Flames Foundation continues to work towards improving the lives of Southern Alberta though support of grassroots and amateur sports, education and health and wellness initiatives.

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