Planning for a brighter life with a slam dunk partnership

Sun Life Financial and the Toronto Raptors team up to help children get active and plan for a brighter life

TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) and the Toronto Raptors are teaming up for the Sun Life Financial Money for Life Heritage Clinics. Now in its second year, this unique partnership connects children from multiple ethnic communities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to the sport of basketball, encouraging them to get active while teaching valuable life planning skills.

The Sun Life Financial Money for Life Heritage Clinics will feature Toronto Raptors alumnus and former NBA all-star, Jamaal Magloire and will be conducted in four communities aligned with Raptors Heritage Nights during the 2015-2016 season. Children ranging from ages six to 14 from the Lithuanian, Chinese, Filipino and Baisakhi communities will have the opportunity to play basketball with Magloire and learn valuable life skills about being active, eating healthy, respect and saving for the future.

"We're thrilled to once again team up with the Toronto Raptors. We hope that the children participating in the Sun Life Financial Money for Life Heritage Clinics will be as excited about their futures as we are and start to think about planning for a brighter life," says Bill Ramsammy, Assistant Vice-President, Global Brand and Marketing, Sun Life Financial.

Fourteen of the children who participate in the Sun Life Financial Money for Life Heritage Clinics will also have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a Sun Life Financial Money for Life Experience. The Money for Life Experience will give them the chance to attend a Toronto Raptors Heritage Night, watch the game from a Gondola box and stand next to the Toronto Raptors on the basketball court while the national anthem is performed.

"The Toronto Raptors are pleased to partner with Sun Life Financial to present the Sun Life Financial Money for Life Heritage Clinics," says David Hopkinson, Chief Commercial Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. "The clinics are the perfect way for our two organizations to work together and give back to the communities where we all live and do business."

The next Sun Life Financial Money for Life Heritage Clinic will be held for the Chinese community on December 19, 2015 at Thornlea Secondary School.

About Sun Life Financial
Celebrating 150 years in 2015, Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial and its partners have operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of September 30, 2015, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $846 billion. For more information please visit

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

About MLSE
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) one of the world's premier sports and entertainment companies, owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC, Toronto Marlies (AHL), Raptors 905 (NBA D-League), and TFC II (USL).  It also owns Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square, three digital channels - Leafs TV, NBA TV Canada and GOLTV Canada and has a partnership with Live Nation - the biggest concert promoter in the world. MLSE has also invested in and operates five of Toronto's sports facilities - Ricoh Coliseum, BMO Field, Kia Training Grounds at Downsview Park, home of Toronto FC's Academy and the First Team's practice facility, and the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, the practice facility for the Maple Leafs and Marlies.

Note to editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.

SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.

For further information:

Media Relations Contacts:     
Alessandra Nigro
Manager, Corporate Communications, Sun Life Financial

Akasha Di Tomasso
Coordinator, Corporate Communications, MLSE

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