SOURCE: Sidoo Family Foundation

May 30, 2008 09:13 ET

Sidoo Family Foundation Brightens the Lives of Community Youth

TORONTO--(Marketwire - May 30, 2008) - The Sidoo Family Foundation is known around the world for its continued work toward the benefit of young athletes and their families everywhere. The foundation has now proudly stepped forward to provide funding and support for the Western Canadian Basketball Championship tournament which fosters friendly competition, healthy exercise, fun and emotional growth among youthful athletes, their families and a great many of their fans each year.

David Sidoo of the Sidoo Family Foundation was ecstatic about the opportunity that the tournament presents for youngsters from in and around the local area. "Our Foundation has been involved in some great philanthropic work over the years but the Western Canadian Championship is really special to us because it strikes so close to home. Having a chance to give back to the community that we are a part of is a really wonderful thing."

RBL Basketball Commissioner Richard Poritz expressed his deep appreciation to David Sidoo and the Foundation. "The Support of the Sidoo Family Foundation has been instrumental in making this tournament a reality. Enjoy the tournament!"

The Sidoo Family Foundation was founded during December of 2006 in Vancouver, BC with the mandate of furthering the lives of children and their families around the world; through programs involving sport, education, and health. The Foundation is bolstered by the hard work and diligent effort of Mr. David Sidoo who takes time from his busy schedule as the owner of the critically acclaimed restaurant Lumière for the Foundation's continued philanthropy and community service.

In past years the Sidoo Family Foundation has been involved with esteemed organizations including President William Clinton's "Clinton Global Initiative," the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Foundation and the New Westminster High School Football program from which David Sidoo is an alumnus. The organization has also supported several other charitable events as a sponsor of The Jordy Rosode Soccer Invitational and by providing the initial seed funding for a Girls Program in 2006 called 'It's A Girl Thing' in partnership with Surrey Parks, Recreation and Culture, Surrey School District and the Surrey RCMP.

As Mr. Sidoo explained, "I get asked all the time about how we manage to take on so many challenges. Honestly, the better question is how could we choose not to? This is our community; these are our neighbors and kindred spirits. Assisting them in accessing the joys of sport is not only a responsibility; it's an honor and a privilege. Our hope is that some of these young men and women will see the example and strive to carry the torch for future generations as well."

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