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February 19, 2007
Media Advisory Mayor David Miller and Canada’s Paralympic heroes launch innovative sledge hockey program at Nathan Phillips Square
Youth in a new City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation sledge hockey program have challenged Mayor David Miller and Paralympian Paul Rosen to a game of sledge hockey, and will formally receive a Bell Community Sport Fund grant.

The event will mark the launch of the Toronto Sledge Hockey in the Neighbourhood program as part of a Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation initiative to increase accessible recreation opportunities to Torontonians with a disability. The program is financially supported by the Bell Community Sport Fund, an annual $1 million fund that distributes grants to support accessibility to community-based sport programs for youth across Canada. Bell Canada Senior Vice President, Renato Discenza and Executive Director of the True Sport Foundation, Doug MacQuarrie, will announce this year’s grants and the significant growth to the fund for 2007.

Date: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
(Announcement will take place next to ice rink)

The Toronto Sledge Hockey in the Neighbourhood program is offered by City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation in partnership with Bloorview Kids Rehab. The program offers the only opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in sledge hockey in Toronto.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline

Jacqueline Michelis
Bell Canada Media Relations



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