COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), in partnership with USA Hockey, has announced a number of organizations from across the United States will receive 2011 RBC Play Hockey Grants. RBC Play Hockey is a wide-ranging, multi-year commitment to grow the game of hockey from the grassroots level in communities across North America.
The grants are the first of two rounds of financial awards being offered. Applications for the second round of grants are now being accepted through September 30, 2011, at rbcplayhockey.com, with the recipients being announced in October.
“Each of our recipients has demonstrated a commitment and passion to keep hockey vibrant and strong in their community,” said Jim Little, chief brand and communications officer, RBC. “RBC is proud to support the hard work and dedication that helps hockey happen. We believe in giving back to our local communities and these grants will benefit a wide range of programs and services so that more people can play the game.”
To help shine a spotlight on the people and programs associated with hockey in communities across North America, RBC Play Hockey Grants have been awarded to existing and future projects dedicated to helping people play all forms and all levels of hockey. The 2011 RBC Play Hockey Grant recipients will be awarded a grant in the amount of $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.
USA Hockey Grant Recipients in First Round of RBC Play Hockey Grants to Special Hockey:
- MN Special Hockey
- Rocky Mountain Special Hockey
RBC has been involved in hockey at both the community and national level since 1947. With $1 million in grants available and a team of RBC Play Hockey Ambassadors which includes Brian Leetch, Steve Yzerman, Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban, who will share their passion and excitement for the game, RBC Play Hockey will strengthen and energize the game at the grassroots level and deliver a hockey program that gives everyone the chance to play.
To date, RBC has provided more than $200,000 in grants to hockey programs across North America – ranging from learn-to-skate, ball hockey, and equipment-sharing programs to reduced registration, access to ice and hockey clinic initiatives.