Canadian Paralympic Committee receives $30,000 grant from Milos Raonic Foundation in support of parasport

OTTAWA, Feb. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is honoured and grateful to announce it is a recipient of a $30,000 grant from the Milos Raonic Foundation, to help more children with disabilities become involved in sports.

The funds will be directed towards the creation of an innovative CPC parasport digital online resource. The resource will help Canadian parents, professionals from health, education, sport and recreation access activity and lesson plans and providers based on location, age, disability type and sport preferences, to enhance the integration of children with a disability into existing sports programming.

The Milos Raonic Foundation harnesses resources in support of disadvantaged children and was established in 2012 by the Canadian tennis star.

"The Canadian Paralympic Committee would like to thank Milos Raonic and his Foundation for this very timely and generous grant," said Karen O'Neill, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "The development of this online resource has the potential to significantly elevate the level of awareness of opportunities in sport and impact thousands of children across Canada."

Raonic recently won the Lionel Conacher Award for the second year in a row as Canada's male athlete of the year. In 2014 at Wimbledon, he became the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam men's singles semifinal. Raonic is the highest ranked Canadian male player in the open era.

The Milos Raonic Foundation's mandate is to support initiatives intended to reduce economic, physical and other barriers that might prevent the full integration of all children in the lives of their communities.

"We are very pleased to provide this grant to the Canadian Paralympic Committee and to help make possible more participation in parasport," said Raonic. "This is an exciting opportunity to positively impact the lives of Canadian children with a disability by providing a more direct route to help them reach their full potential."

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca

About the Milos Raonic Foundation

Established in 2012, The Milos Raonic Foundation harnesses resources in support of disadvantaged children. In particular, the foundation will support initiatives intended to reduce economic, physical and other barriers that might prevent the full integration of all children in the lives of their communities. The foundation is officially registered as a private foundation with the Canada Revenue Agency. Milos Raonic is the highest ranked Canadian tennis player in the history of the open era. For more information, visit: www.milosraonicofficial.com

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For further information: Austin Nunn, Manager, Milos Raonic, austin@austinnunn.com, https://www.facebook.com/MilosRaonicOfficial, https://twitter.com/milosraonic; Alison Korn, Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243, Cell: 613-298-4927, akorn@paralympic.ca; Martin Richard, Executive Director, Communications and Marketing, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224, Cell: 613-725-4339, mrichard@paralympic.ca

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