The Forzani Group Ltd./Le Groupe Forzani Ltee

The Forzani Group Ltd./Le Groupe Forzani Ltee

October 03, 2005 18:28 ET

Sport Chek-'The Power of Sports for Kids' Program

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 3, 2005) -

Helping kids in need experience The Power of Sport

The Forzani Group Ltd. (TSX:FGL), Sport Chek, a corporate banner of The Forzani Group Ltd., Canada's largest retailer of sporting goods, today announced the launch of their national "The Power of Sport for Kids" Program. The Forzani Group Foundation presents this program in partnership with Rogers Sportsnet.

The Power of Sport for Kids Program kicks off today honouring the first three organizations, Hull Child and Family Services in Alberta, Child Development Institute in Ontario, and the Canadian Town Youth Participation Strategies. The selected organizations are governed by a volunteer board with a commitment to strengthening families and promoting healthy child and youth development.

This nationwide program was created to recognize organizations and schools that assist and support at-risk and disadvantaged families, and youth (between the ages of 5 to 18) who would benefit from the infusion of sports in their lives. Sport Chek stores fundraising initiatives will provide the funds for a variety of sports equipment and accessories that will have the greatest impact to the children.

"As the country's largest retailer of sporting goods we were frequently asked by junior leagues of all types for equipment or economic assistance, " commented Bob Sartor, CEO of The Forzani Group. "What we were looking for was a community oriented sports initiative that targeted not those who already enjoyed the physical and emotional benefits of sports, but rather those who, for whatever reason, could not. This is a program that benefits children and provides them with the opportunity to experience the joys of sport. Participating in sports has a way of lighting that spark in our youth, which is truly invaluable. This is also a program that our 6,000 Sport Chek employees across the country will rally around, as fundraising will take place at store level."

"When we were approached by Sport Chek with this program, it took all of maybe all of 1 minute to come aboard", said David Ballingall, VP, Marketing, Rogers Sportsnet, "There is a critical need for kids and families to have a chance to enjoy the simple pleasures of sport and we want to be part of the solution."

The Forzani Group Foundation will select recognized or registered children's organizations. Please visit for more information on the program.

About the Forzani Group Ltd.

The Forzani Group Ltd. is Canada's largest national retailer of sporting goods, offering a comprehensive assortment of brand-name and private-brand products, operating stores from coast to coast, under four corporate banners: Sport Chek, Coast Mountain Sports, Sport Mart and National Sports. The Company also retails on-line at and provides a content rich sporting goods information site at The Forzani Group is also a franchisor under the banners: Sports Experts, Intersport, RnR, Econosports, Atmosphere and Tech Shop.

The foregoing information may contain forward-looking statements relating to the future performance of The Forzani Group Ltd. Forward-looking statements, specifically those concerning future performance, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. The Company, in compliance with the reporting requirements of the various securities commissions, details these risks and uncertainties from time to time.

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