Parks Foundation Calgary

AMATEUR SPORT GRANT

The goal of the Amateur Sport Grant Committee at Parks Foundation Calgary (PFC) is to promote amateur sport development and enhance sport participation for Calgarians of all ages. Since its inception in 1985, the Amateur Sport Grant Committee has awarded more than $13 million worth of grants to over 500 sport related projects. The Amateur Sport Grant Committee is comprised of a group of committed volunteers who distribute the amateur sport funds in a fair and efficient manner.

The Amateur Sport Grant Program was created as part of the Saddledome Foundation’s establishment of an Olympic legacy from the operations of the Saddledome. The continued success of the program is possible through a joint community partnership with the Calgary Flames Hockey Club, The Saddledome Foundation, and Parks Foundation Calgary.

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ART SMITH AMATEUR SPORT LEGACY FUND

In 2000, Parks Foundation Calgary formed a partnership with the Calgary Booster Club to establish the Calgary Amateur Sports Legacy Fund. Recently, the legacy fund was renamed Art Smith Amateur Sports Legacy Fund, to honour a great Canadian, popularly known as Mr. Calgary. Art Smith was also a founding member of the Calgary Booster Club.

Together these two groups are building an endowment fund to provide much needed support for amateur athletes. Awards are based on level of performance and financial need. Athletes should be competing at a high-performance national/international level in sport and should demonstrate financial need.

The Art Smith Amateur Sports Legacy Fund is administered by Parks Foundation Calgary. This fund focuses on the future with the goal of providing financial assistance for sports infrastructure and capital expenses, support for top amateur athletes and to develop high school and post-secondary sporting levels.

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BOB FREEZE SPORT GRANT

Bob was the 1959 president of the Calgary Booster Club and 1965 Sportsman of the Year whose lifelong passion was his commitment to promote and develop grass roots sports.

In his estate Bob left a generous donation to the Calgary Parks Foundation and the Calgary Booster Club.

The Bob Freeze Sport Grants are awarded to individual athletes who are 16 years of age and under and to an organization that provides wide-reaching support to youth athletes.

U 16 athletes are awarded twice per year, organizations once.

The 2017 recipient of the $15,000 organization grant was “Dare to Care” a program considered by educators to be the most effective and comprehensive Bully Prevention program available in Canada. Dare to Care now delivers programs for sporting organizations to tackle bullying head on to help keep youth active in sports.

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JOHN CURRIE AMATEUR SPORT LEGACY FUND

The John Currie Amateur Sport Legacy Fund, supporting the goals and dreams of amateur athletes, awards bursaries annually to athletes with financial need, who train in Calgary.

In 1983, Calgary hosted its largest amateur sport competition, the Western Canada Summer Games, at the Repsol Sport Centre, the flagship facility of the Games. At the conclusion of the successful event, the Games established a Legacy Fund of $250,000 with Repsol Sport Centre to support amateur athletes and amateur sport.

Inspired by this commitment to amateur sport, Repsol Sport Centre raised funds from generous donors to increase the value of the Legacy Fund to $1 million, and named the fund in honor of John Currie, community champion and President of the 1983 Western Canada Summer Games.

The Legacy Fund plays a vital role in supporting talented, high performance athletes in their competitive journey, and every bursary award has an incredible impact on our athletes, creating new opportunities for sport excellence.

David Benson