Steven Stamkos Shares a Moment of Hockey Happiness with Fans and Special Olympics Athletes

Video: Coca-Cola Canada Athlete, Steven Stamkos and members of Special Olympics Canada's 2013 World Games silver-medal winning floor hockey team inspire Canadians to get active with a rousing game of ball hockey in Toronto.

Coca-Cola Canada Athlete, Steven Stamkos and members of Special Olympics Canada's 2013 World Games silver-medal winning floor hockey team inspire Canadians to get active with a rousing game of ball hockey in Toronto. (CNW Group/Coca-Cola Canada)

Coca-Cola Canada Athlete, Steven Stamkos and members of Special Olympics Canada's 2013 World Games silver-medal winning floor hockey team inspire Canadians to get active with a rousing game of ball hockey in Toronto. (CNW Group/Coca-Cola Canada)

TORONTO, July 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Professional hockey player and Coca-Cola Canada athlete, Steven Stamkos, took the opportunity to share a special moment of hockey happiness with fans and members of Special Olympics Canada's 2013 World Games silver-medal winning floor hockey team today in Toronto. As part of Coca-Cola's Share a Coke program, and to recognize the team's achievements at the 2013 World Winter Games, Stamkos and Special Olympics athletes showed off their hockey prowess to spectators and fans alike.

"It's great to be in my hometown with Coca-Cola, local hockey fans and members of Special Olympics Canada's floor hockey team," said Stamkos from the event in downtown Toronto. "Whether it's a game of shinny or an organized sporting event, hockey is a sport that brings people together - whether they're playing or cheering on from the sidelines."

The event was part of Share a Coke - Coca-Cola's summer campaign that has the company swapping its logo for 290 of Canada's most popular names. Coca-Cola has put names on bottles so people can have fun finding the names of family and friends - or finding a name and sharing a Coke with someone they haven't seen in a while, someone they want to meet, someone they miss, love, have a crush on… and so on.

"Today's event was the perfect representation of our Share a Coke message," said Sonia Bongiorno, Senior Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola Ltd. "Share a Coke is about spending time with loved ones and enjoying special moments of happiness together. Steven is such an inspiration to young athletes and fans and we're thrilled that he could be here today to share a Coke and a moment with all of us."

The broll can be downloaded using the below links:

Web-ready, Quicktime H264 version: https://environicspr.sharefile.com/d/s945084f41ab4163b

Broadcast-ready, Quicktime ProRes version: https://environicspr.sharefile.com/d/s61e0b2d690d4c51a

About Coca-Cola Canada
Coca-Cola in Canada operates in all ten provinces, and employs 6,300 people in more than 50 facilities, including seven production facilities across Canada. We offer a wide variety of beverage brands, many of which come in no-calorie and low-calorie options. These beverages include sparkling soft drinks, still waters, juices and fruit beverages, sports drinks, energy drinks and ready-to-drink teas. We're proud to offer some of the most popular brands in Canada including Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Coca-Cola Zero®, Sprite®, Fanta®, Nestea®, PowerAde®, Minute Maid®, Dasani® and vitaminwater®. Coca-Cola in Canada is represented by Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada and Coca-Cola Ltd. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at www.livepositively.ca or www.cocacola.ca and follow us on Twitter @CocaColaCo_ca and @CocaCola_ca.

About Special Olympics Canada
Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through the transformative power and joy of sport. Operating out of sport clubs in 12 provincial and territorial Chapters, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes and build communities. From two-year-olds to mature adults, close to 37,000 athletes with an intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics year-round programs across Canada. They are supported by more than 17,000 volunteers, including more than 13,000 trained coaches.

For more information, visit www.specialolympics.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@SpecialOCanada).

SOURCE Coca-Cola Canada

Video with caption: "Video: Coca-Cola Canada Athlete, Steven Stamkos and members of Special Olympics Canada's 2013 World Games silver-medal winning floor hockey team inspire Canadians to get active with a rousing game of ball hockey in Toronto.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20140723_C8581_VIDEO_EN_42232.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20140723_C8581_PHOTO_EN_42232.jpg&clientName=Coca%2DCola%20Canada&caption=Video%3A%20Coca%2DCola%20Canada%20Athlete%2C%20Steven%20Stamkos%20and%20members%20of%20Special%20Olympics%20Canada%27s%202013%20World%20Games%20silver%2Dmedal%20winning%20floor%20hockey%20team%20inspire%20Canadians%20to%20get%20active%20with%20a%20rousing%20game%20of%20ball%20hockey%20in%20Toronto%2E&title=COCA%2DCOLA%20CANADA%20%2D%20Steven%20Stamkos%20Shares%20a%20Moment%20of%20Hockey%20Happiness%20with%20Fans%20and%20Special%20Olympics%20Athletes&headline=Steven%20Stamkos%20Shares%20a%20Moment%20of%20Hockey%20Happiness%20with%20Fans%20and%20Special%20Olympics%20Athletes

Image with caption: "Coca-Cola Canada Athlete, Steven Stamkos and members of Special Olympics Canada's 2013 World Games silver-medal winning floor hockey team inspire Canadians to get active with a rousing game of ball hockey in Toronto. (CNW Group/Coca-Cola Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140723_C8581_PHOTO_EN_42230.jpg

Image with caption: "Coca-Cola Canada Athlete, Steven Stamkos and members of Special Olympics Canada's 2013 World Games silver-medal winning floor hockey team inspire Canadians to get active with a rousing game of ball hockey in Toronto. (CNW Group/Coca-Cola Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140723_C8581_PHOTO_EN_42231.jpg


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