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Press release from CNW Group

Canadian athletes pay it forward through the RBC Olympian Grant Program

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Canadian athletes pay it forward through the RBC Olympian Grant Program12:42 EDT Wednesday, September 26, 2012TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - RBC Olympian Christian Redmann is giving back to his community by choosing CAN Fund to receive $5,000 through the RBC Olympians Grant Program. For the first time, RBC is offering its 37 Olympic and Paralympic athletes the opportunity to recognize the organizations and people who have impacted their lives.The RBC Olympians Grant Program provides athletes with a $5,000 grant to give to an athletic association, community group or charity that has fostered their love of sport, helped them realize their Olympic aspirations or has touched their lives."My path to the Olympic Games was not a solo journey. It involved the support and guidance of many to help me realize and pursue my dreams," says Christian Redmann, RBC Olympian and 2011 Canadian Beach Volleyball Champion. "I know how much CAN Fund means to me and how much it means to a lot of athletes. Without CAN Fund, I would not have been able to compete in all of the international events that took place during my time with them. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to thank and recognize those that helped set me up for success and give the next generation of young athletes the chance to do the same."CAN Fund is a unique organization that connects Canadians directly to the athletic journey and success of athletes. Since 2003, CAN Fund has provided an outlet for donations to go directly to both able-bodied and Paralympic athletes. These donations provide proper nutrition, coaching, equipment and travel to competition for athletes who are training for international success. To learn more visit www.MyCANFund.com."Our Olympic and Paralympic athletes demonstrate that the power of sport can inspire youth and bring Canadians together," says Andy Shibata, head of Brand Marketing, RBC. "The RBC Olympians Grant Program is a unique initiative that exemplifies our commitment to our athletes by giving them the chance to personally acknowledge those that helped them achieve success on the world podium and become the national role models they are today."As Canada's longest standing corporate supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team, RBC has been helping amateur athletes since 1947. Through the RBC Olympians program, athletes act as community ambassadors across the country by sharing their Olympic and Paralympic Games experiences and future aspirations with schools, community groups, RBC clients and employees. More information on the RBC Olympians can be found at rbc.com/community-sustainability/community/olympic-sponsors/rbc-olympians.html.SOURCE: RBCFor further information: Jackie Braden, RBC Brand Communications, 416-974-1724, jackie.braden@rbc.com