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Carkner soars with prize-winning Condors

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
It's an opportunity for the Capital City Condors to take flight like never before.

And Matt Carkner couldn't have been happier to share the moment with them.

The Senators defenceman, who's an enthusiastic supporter of this special team for special needs children, joined them on CTV's Canada A.M. earlier today for an exciting announcement at the John Mlacak Arena in Kanata. The Condors were named the winners of an Aviva Community Fund contest and will receive $25,000 to assist them with the cost of jerseys, equipment and ice time.

"More kids are going to get an opportunity now," Carkner said of the benefits the Condors will receive from this infusion of cash into their program. "Things are going to expand now. It's going to give more children the chance to play hockey. I knew the kids were going to be excited about it and knowing the smiles that were going to be on their faces was a real thrill to me. It was good to see them (today), it's good to see they won this prize and it's great that Aviva supports them in this way."

The Condors program was founded by Jim Perkins, a friend of Carkner's who in turn got him to land some support for the program. The Senators blueliner couldn't be happier to be a part of the fun.

"The kids don't care what's going on outside (them)," he said. "They just love being on the ice, they're having fun and they're really happy to see me when I come out. I always get a lot of high-fives and hugs and all that stuff. It's a really rewarding experience and I'm just proud to be a part of it."

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