Chevrolet Canada

Chevrolet Canada

December 15, 2010 12:37 ET

Chevrolet Continues to Make Dreams Possible-Latest Community Club Coach Grant Recipients Announced

- More Than $1.2 Million Dollars Donated to Canadian Coaches Through the Making Dreams Possible program

- Some 31,000 Coaches, and Over 284,000 Athletes in 194 Communities Across Canada Have Benefitted From the Program

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2010) - Today, Chevrolet presented an additional 50 community sport clubs from across Canada with Community Club Coaching Grants of $2,000 each for coach training and development activities. Since its inception in 2006, the Chevrolet Making Dreams Possible program has provided more than $1.2 million to support Canadian coaches at all levels of competition. 

"Chevrolet is proud of its long history of supporting the development of Canadian athletes big and small," said Marc Comeau, vice-president of marketing for Chevrolet Canada. "Making Dreams Possible is designed to help coaches get the right kind of training, resulting in children having positive first experiences that encourage a lifetime love of sports."

"CAC is committed to educating, supporting and connecting coaches and our partnership with Chevrolet through the Making Dreams Possible program allows us do just that," stated John Bales, chief executive officer of the Coaching Association of Canada. "We believe in the value of coaches and are excited that once again 50 community sport clubs, their coaches, and their athletes will receive the support they deserve."

Over the past four years, Chevrolet's direct support of coach education and development through this program has impacted nearly 31,000 coaches and over 284,000 athletes in 194 communities across the country. 

One of the clubs receiving a grant today is the Stittsville Minor Hockey Association (SMHA).

"The Chevrolet Making Dreams Possible grant will provide assistance to the SMHA by allowing all new coaches to attend an 'Introduction to Coaching' course. This will provide new coaches with the skills necessary to succeed, and in turn, will allow us to provide a consistent level of instruction – enabling coaches to build on their skills to match the children's progression through the hockey ranks," said Peter Valters, coach mentor of the SMHA. "An indicator of success (for us) is to have the children return each year and qualified coaches are critical to reaching that goal."

A complete list of recipients is attached.

About Chevrolet's Making Dreams Possible Program

Making Dreams Possible is a program developed by Chevrolet in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada, the governing body of Canada's coaching education program and is designed to support coaches of Olympic and Paralympic sports at the high performance and community club levels. 

Chevrolet's Making Dreams Possible program will provide a minimum of 100 grants of $2,000 each annually for coach development in local communities, and ten grants of $10,000 each annually to high performance athletes and their coaches. These grants will be used to fund special projects that develop the skills and abilities of high performance and community level coaches. Visit www.coach.ca/makingdreamspossible for more information.

About CAC

The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners (national, provincial and territorial sport associations) in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. CAC (via the NCCP, NSOs and provincial and federal governments) empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches. Visit www.coach.ca for more information about coach education and training.

Club Sport Prov
100 Mile Nordics Ski Society Cross Country Skiing BC
Aquana-Club de nage synchronisée de Montréal-Nord Synchronized Swimming QC
Aquatica Synchro Synchronized Swimming MB
Association Sportive Monteuil de Laval Soccer QC
Atlantis Synchro Club Synchronized Swimming NS
Beaver Curling Club Curling NB
Beaver Valley Ski Club Alpine Skiing ON
Burlington Gymnastics Club Gymnastics ON
Calgary Alpine Snowflyers Alpine Skiing AB
Club Coralline Synchronized Swimming QC
Club de nage Synchro-Élite de Québec Synchronized Swimming QC
Club de ski acrobatique Mont Ste-Anne 2007 Freestyle Ski QC
Club de Volleyball Celtique Volleyball QC
Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association Ice Hockey BC
Cygnus Gymnastics Club Gymnastics NL
Edmonton Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics Association Gymnastics AB
Fortress Ski & Snowboard Club Alpine Ski AB
Glacier Ski Club Alpine Skiing ON
Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club Alpine Skiing BC
Island Swimming Swimming BC
Jasper Freeride Ski Team Freestyle Skiing AB
Kimberley North Star Racers Alpine Ski BC
Kitchener Waterloo Synchronized Swimming Club Synchronized Swimming ON
KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club Speed Skating ON
Langley Mustangs Track and Field Athletics BC
NDG Soccer Association Soccer QC
Nepean-Corona School of Gymnastics Gymnastics ON
Ottawa Fusion Volleyball Club Volleyball ON
Penetang Minor Hockey Association Ice Hockey ON
Peterborough YMCA Hatashita Judo Club Judo ON
Pickering Soccer Club Soccer ON
Pierrefonds Soccer Association Soccer QC
Pirouette Rhythmic Gymnastics Club Gymnastics ON
Queen City Volleyball Club Volleyball SK
Rideau Canoe Club Canoe-Kayak ON
River City Racers Speed Skating Club Speed Skating BC
Russell Soccer Club Soccer ON
Saskatoon Lasers Swim Club Swimming SK
Saskatoon Track and Field Club Athletics SK
Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association Ice Hockey AB
St. Catharines Jets Girls Soccer Club Soccer ON
Stittsville Minor Hockey Assoc Ice Hockey ON
Strathcona Nordics Cross Country Skiing BC
Surrey United Soccer Club Soccer BC
Team Panorama Alpine Skiing AB
Telemark Cross Country Ski Club Cross Country Skiing AB
Walden Cross Country Fitness Club Cross Country Ski/Biathlon ON
Whitby Iroquois Soccer Club Soccer ON
Windsor Soccer Club (WSC) Soccer ON
Yarmouth County Minor Hockey Association (YCMHA) Ice Hockey NS

Contact Information

  • GM Canada
    Adria Mackenzie
    Media Relations Manager
    (905) 644-1824
    Adria.mackenzie@gm.com
    or
    Coaching Association of Canada
    Britany Gordon
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    613-235-5000, ext. 9-2389
    bgordon@coach.ca