FREDERICTON, June 23, 2012 /CNW/ - RBC Olympian Vicky LeBlanc is giving
back to her community by choosing Richard LeBlanc, member of Softball
N.B., to receive $5,000 through the RBC Olympians Grant Program. For
the first time, RBC is offering its 37 Olympic and Paralympic athletes
the opportunity to recognize the organizations and people who have
impacted their lives.
The RBC Olympians Grant Program provides athletes with a $5,000 grant to
give to an athletic association, community group or charity that has
fostered their love of sport, helped them realize their
Olympic/Paralympic aspirations or has touched their lives. Athletes
will present their grants to the recipient groups and organizations in
their communities leading-up to and following the 2012 London Summer
Olympic and Paralympic Games. The grant to Richard LeBlanc is being
announced in a special presentation at Softball N.B.'s 2012 Hall of
Fame Induction Ceremonies.
"My path to the Olympic Games was not a solo journey. It involved the
support and guidance of many to help me realize and pursue my dreams,"
said Vicky LeBlanc, RBC Olympian. "Richard was my personal coach while
I played on the Canadian National Team. I truly feel his world-class
coaching skills and dedication gave me the edge to perform at the
international level. I'm thrilled to thank and recognize Richard for
helping set me up for success and give the next generation of young
athletes the chance to do the same."
Softball N.B. promotes softball in all areas of the province for the
enjoyment of all registered members from playground to podium.
"Our Olympic and Paralympic athletes demonstrate that the power of sport
can inspire youth and bring Canadians together," said Kim Mason,
regional president, Atlantic Provinces, RBC. "The RBC Olympians Grant
Program is a unique initiative that exemplifies our commitment to our
athletes by giving them the chance to personally acknowledge those that
helped them achieve success on the world podium and become the national
role models they are today."
As Canada's longest standing corporate supporter of the Canadian Olympic
Team, RBC has been helping amateur athletes since 1947. Through the RBC
Olympians program, athletes act as community ambassadors across the
country by sharing their Olympic and Paralympic Games experiences and
future aspirations with schools, community groups, RBC clients and
To recognize that every Olympic and Paralympic athlete is the pride of
their hometown, RBC will be launching a national campaign to connect
Canadians with their hometown heroes who will be competing in London
this summer. RBC will encourage the nation to show its support by
participating in a cross-country initiative that will allow Canadians
from coast-to-coast to cheer for our athletes as they make their way to
the London and celebrate their achievements when they return home from
the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Full details about the campaign
will be announced shortly.
More information on the RBC Olympians can be found at rbc.com/community-sustainability/community/olympic-sponsors/rbc-olympians.html.
RBC and Amateur Sport
As Canada's longest-standing supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team
since 1947, RBC proudly continues its sponsorship through to London
2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. RBC also sponsored the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.
Supporting amateur sport, from grassroots programs in local communities
to national sport associations, RBC helps in the development of amateur
athletes who compete at home and abroad. RBC is also a premier sponsor
of Hockey Canada, the Canadian Snowboard Team, the Canadian Freestyle
Ski Team, Athletics Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. Visit
For further information:
Trish Vardy, Public Affairs, Atlantic Region, RBC, (902) 421-4105, firstname.lastname@example.org