Acadia Elementary School Awarded Canadian Olympic School Program Grand Prize

    CALGARY, June 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Premier
National Partner, RBC and RBC Olympian Colleen Sostorics (hockey) presented
Grade 3 teacher Liz Kruk and the students of Acadia Elementary School today
with the grand prize of the Canadian Olympic School Program.
    As one of the eight grand prize winners, Acadia Elementary School
received an Olympic-themed sports kit, courtesy of RBC. The sports kit
includes an array of sports equipment such as basketballs, soccer and
volleyballs, hockey sticks, pucks and much more. In addition, the kit provides
the grand prize winners with 12 gold medals, 12 scrimmage vests and an Olympic
Games banner.
    "The Canadian Olympic School Program is a wonderful teaching resource
that provides a wealth of information on the Olympic Games and Canadian
athletes," said Kruk. "The motto of this program - Smarter, Better, Stronger -
is exactly what educators try to instill and develop in their students. Acadia
Elementary School's students, parents and staff are grateful to RBC for the
grand prize of a treasure chest of sports equipment. It will make a great
addition to our physical education program and will help to further inspire
our students."
    Presented by RBC and available online at, the
Canadian Olympic School Program is a free online teaching resource that offers
engaging information about the Olympic Games and Canadian athletes as a tool
to educate, motivate and inspire students to become Smarter, Better and
Stronger. Developed in cooperation with teachers from across Canada, the
program is designed to promote Olympic values and the importance of health and
physical activity.
    To enter the contest, teachers were asked to submit an entry form
outlining how they planned to use the Canadian Olympic School Program in their
classroom. On May 8, a total of eight grand prize winners were randomly
selected in regions throughout Canada.
    "Congratulations to the students of Acadia Elementary School, and in
particular, Ms. Kruk and her Grade 3 students, for participating in the
Canadian Olympic School Program," said Sostorics. "As an Olympic athlete, I
understand the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle. However,
you don't have to be an Olympian to benefit from physical activity, or from
living the Olympic values of excellence, leadership, respect and fun. I hope
that by sharing my Olympic stories and experiences, I can motivate and inspire
students to make the right choices, be fit and healthy and to participate in
sports at any level."
    Now in its 20th year, the Canadian Olympic School Program links stories
about Canadian Olympians and Olympic hopefuls from various sports into lesson
plans and adaptable classroom-ready activities in the areas of physical
education, health, nutrition, reading, language and social studies for
students in Grades 4 to 6.
    Using Olympic sports and RBC Olympians as inspiration, this year's
program added three new units that were designed to reinforce the importance
of staying active and maintaining a healthy diet. The new units focused on
physical education, reading comprehension skills and nutrition.
    "The Canadian Olympic School Program is designed to make learning fun by
engaging students in sports and the Olympic Movement," said COC Director,
Athlete and Community Relations Marc Gélinas. "Through the support of RBC,
this program continues to serve as a valuable learning tool for over 11,000
teachers across Canada."

    The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit
organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects
of Canada's involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada's
participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of
programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and
educational means. For more information see the COC website:
    RBC sponsors amateur sport, from grassroots programs in local communities
to national sport associations that support the development of amateur
athletes who compete at home and abroad. RBC has sponsored the Canadian
Olympic Committee since 1947, making it Canada's longest-standing supporter of
the Canadian Olympic Team. RBC continues this sponsorship through the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 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.
    The RBC Olympians Program is a national initiative that provides elite
athletes with an opportunity to gain career-oriented experience within a
flexible work schedule allowing the time necessary to train and compete.
Through the RBC Olympians Program, the athletes act as community ambassadors
across the country, sharing their experiences and aspirations with schools and
community groups, as well as with RBC clients and employees.

For further information:

For further information: Eric Michalko, Manager, Media Relations,
Canadian Olympic Committee, Phone: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 528-6742,
Email:; Tracy Gauson, Manager, Regional Community
Marketing, RBC Financial Group, Phone: (403) 292-3695, Email:

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