RBC goes to bat for cricket in Canada

           $50,000 in grants shared with community groups through
                      RBC Wicket Cricket Community Fund

    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Canada's first official national sport - cricket
- is making a comeback and a new $50,000 grant program from RBC is helping
grassroots organizations make the sport more accessible to young people across
the country. Demonstrating just how wide a reach cricket now has throughout
Canada, the first $1,000 grant recipients from the RBC Wicket Cricket
Community Fund include organizations from St. John's, Newfoundland to Tofino,
British Columbia.
    "This is a very exciting time to be supporting cricket in Canada and to
help young people discover the passion that this sport inspires," said Andrea
Metrick, head, Client Strategy and Multicultural Markets, RBC. "We hope our
grants make it possible for even more young Canadians and their communities to
enjoy what cricket is all about."
    The fund builds on the already flourishing RBC Wicket Cricket school
program, which now includes some 900 schools and an estimated 50,000 students
across Canada. Grant recipients were chosen based on their grassroots
credentials, their focus on young people aged four to 17, and their potential
to develop and sustain the game of cricket in their communities. Other
criteria included: innovation in cricket program delivery, building awareness
for the sport in their community, solid community participation, and providing
a safe and welcoming environment for cricket.
    The grant recipients include organizations wanting to expand their
existing cricket programs or start up ones in their communities. One of this
year's recipients is The Mississauga Ramblers Cricket Club which was formed in
1966 and now boasts one of the most thriving junior programs in Canada, with
over 125 members. The Ramblers' RBC grant will go towards education and
coaching junior cricketers for their 2009 summer camp. In Montreal, the
Adastrians Cricket Club's grant will help subsidize registration fees,
purchase equipment, and create an outreach program to find more coaches.
    Another recipient, Brad Gibson of the Edmonton-based Lorelei Knights
Cricket Club said, "Thanks to RBC we can finally purchase additional cricket
equipment for this program that we are so proud of. Our goal is to get as many
kids as possible involved with cricket, and more equipment means that more
kids can play."
    Grant applications for 2009 will be made available online in March. A
complete list of the 2008 grant recipients and further information about the
RBC Wicket Cricket Community Fund, as well as resources for community and
school cricket programs, can be found at www.rbc.com/wicketcricket.

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For further information: Stephanie Lu, (416) 974-5506,

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