Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors of Canada has joined with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and is awarding 51 grants of $2,000 each in early 2009 for coaching skill development to help coaches teach sports to young Canadians.

“Coaches have an enormous impact on the development of young Canadians,” said Marc Comeau, vice-president of sales, service and marketing for GM of Canada. “With support from the CAC, these grants were designed to invest in coaches in communities across Canada. We believe that ongoing coach development at the grassroots level is essential, whether they are training beginners or Olympians.”

The CAC and GM partner through the Making Dreams Possible Program, which to date has been involved with more than 10,000 coaches and over 125,000 athletes in 131 communities across Canada. The program is designed to support coaches of Olympic and Paralympic Sports at the high performance and community levels.

GM’s program provides a minimum of 100 grants of $2,000 annually for coach development in local communities, and a further ten grants of $10,000 each annually to high-performance athletes and their coaches. Applications for the $2,000 grants can be submitted by head coaches, technical directors, or the presidents of local sports clubs, while the $10,000 grants must be submitted by the high-performance athletes and their coaches.

The next wave of local sport club and high-performance applications closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2009, with the grants to be awarded in April. For more information, visit MakingDreamsPossible.

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