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Hitmen Foundation $50,000 Community Restoration Program Shortlists Three Projects

February 8, 2018 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Calgary Hitmen News Release

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Hitmen Foundation Community Restoration Program today announced the three finalists for its $50,000 grant.

Eugene Coste School Playground Redevelopment, Indus School Accessible Playground and Parkdale Community Outdoor Rink have been selected to create a video showing why fans should cast a ballot for their project. The online voting period will open at HitmenHockey.com on February 17 and closes at 11:59 p.m. MT on March 2, with the community project receiving the most votes to be awarded $50,000.

The program was unveiled in January, kicking off a four-week process for interested not-for-profit organizations or registered charities to submit an application.

Below is a detailed summary of the three finalists currently refurbishing an outdoor space or fundraising for a new project.

Eugene Coste School Playground Redevelopment

The redeveloped Eugene Coste School Playground will provide a more enriched and engaging recreational experience for the children and members of the Haysboro community. There is great demand for a larger play space as school enrollment is on the rise. This redevelopment will also ensure accessibility for everyone to enjoy the playground.

Indus School Accessible Playground

The proposed Indus School Accessible Playground will be an important part of children's education, personal growth and development. Higher needs students are drawn to the expertise and smaller class sizes at Indus School. However, each year sees approximately 50 students experience limited playground access due to mobility, sensory or developmental delays. The goal is to build a play space that is fully accessible to the benefit of all.

Parkdale Community Outdoor Rink

The Parkdale Community Association (PCA) is focused on building a vibrant community. The PCA is looking to enhance its Community Outdoor Rink with multi-use area improvements and the addition of a locker room and Zamboni. These social space upgrades have the potential to be a game changer for the community by bringing people together, growing the volunteer base and making grassroots hockey a success for generations to come.

The Calgary Hitmen Foundation has been giving back to education and wellness programs in the community and surrounding area for over 15 years. The heart of the Foundation is the scholarship program which funds the post-secondary education of Hitmen players and alumni. In addition, support is provided to grassroots sport organizations and health initiatives including Camp Kindle through Kids Cancer Care Foundation, the Rainbow Society, CBE Fuel for School and Distress Centre's ConnecTeen. To date, the Foundation has supported Calgary and area agencies with over $2.8 million.

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