May 3, 2007


GM provides grants to 55 community sports clubs for coaching skill development

Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors of Canada and the Canadian Coaching Association announced that 55 community sport clubs will each receive a $2,000 grant for coaching skill development. This represents a portion of GM’s overall $1.2 million pledge to support Canadian athletes and their coaches through GM’s Making Dreams Possible initiative. GM has committed a total of $5.2 million, including a $4 million donation to Own the Podium 2010.

Over the next four years, GM’s Making Dreams Possible program will provide ten grants of $10,000 each annually to high performance athletes and their coaches and 100 grants of $2,000 each annually to coach development in local communities. These grants will be used to fund special projects that develop the skills and abilities of elite and community level coaches. GM Canada will also donate $4 million to Own the Podium 2010.

Making Dreams Possible is a program developed by GM in cooperation with the Coaching Association of Canada, the governing body of Canada’s coaching education program designed to support coaches of Olympic and Paralympic Sports at the high performance and community levels. Applications can be submitted by high performance athletes and coaches for the elite grants and head coaches, technical directors or the president of local sports clubs can apply for the local sport club coaching awards. Application forms can be found through TheDriveIsOn.ca.

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