SCOTIABANK JOINS THE CALGARY FLAMES FOUNDATION TO DONATE HELMETS TO FAMILIES AND INDIGENOUS YOUTH IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA
Calgary, AB –Scotiabank and the Calgary Flames Foundation are proud to announce the donation of 500 helmets to community groups throughout southern Alberta, which will be distributed by the Calgary Flames Sports Bank. Scotiabank is the official helmet sponsor of the Calgary Flames.
Half of the helmets will be distributed to qualified low-income families and groups, including: KidSport Calgary & Area and southern Alberta KidSport families, child and family services and at risk youth programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, immigration services and Canadian newcomers.
The Calgary Flames Sports Bank will distribute the remaining helmets to a variety of Indigenous Communities including, Siksika Nation, Tsuu’Tina Nation, Stoney Nation Bearspaw (Eden Valley), Stoney Nation Chiniki (Morley), Piikani Nation and Kainai.
“We are extremely proud to work so closely with the Calgary Flames, The Calgary Flames Foundation and now their great partner Scotiabank, to get kids the support they need to play. Today’s announcement and generous contribution from Scotiabank is a testament to the strength of these partnerships and our combined commitment to our community. Five hundred new helmets will have a huge impact on every child who will put one on thanks to this initiative. A new helmet is more than just a safe piece of equipment that every child should have. It also provides the kids we serve with added confidence and pride as they step onto the ice with a big smile and shiny new helmet thanks to Scotiabank.”
- Jeff Shepherd, Director of Operations and Development, Calgary Flames Sports Bank
“We are proud to support the Calgary Flames Sports Bank in an effort to make hockey more assessible and inclusive for Indigenous youth and families in southern Alberta. At Scotiabank, we believe diversity makes us stronger. That’s why we’re committed to making sure hockey is welcoming and accessible to all players, no matter their economic background. Our hope is that this donation of helmets and Scotiabank’s involvement in the sport of hockey will help to inspire youth and open up the game for more people to enjoy.”
- Laura Curtis Ferrera, Chief Marketing Officer, Scotiabank
“The National Native Sports Program with the assistance of the Calgary Flames Sports Bank have connected to reach many First Nations Communities to bring various levels of sports equipment to youth, both boys and girls. This tremendous connection helps youth in First Nations communities attain gear to learn and grow this great game we call Hockey. It is initiatives like these that assist goals attained on and off the ice for aboriginal youth.”
- Warren Crowchild, Founder, National Native Sports Program
The mandate of the Calgary Flames Foundation is to improve the lives of southern Albertans through support of health and wellness, education and grassroots sports programs. Since the ownership group brought the team to Calgary in 1980 the Calgary Flames Foundation has injected millions into the community.
For Information Contact:
Vice President, Communications
Executive Director, Calgary Flames Foundation