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SOURCE Canadian Heritage
Minister of State Gosal congratulates Special Olympics Canada on Government support
BRAMPTON, ON, Feb. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal today held a press conference at the Cassie Campbell Community Centre to highlight Government of Canada funding for Special Olympics Canada. The press conference followed a basketball demonstration featuring Special Olympics athletes in which Minister of State Gosal participated.
On February 5, the Government of Canada announced that it would provide Special Olympics Canada with an ongoing additional $1 million in annual funding. This brings the organization's annual funding from Sport Canada to more than $2.8 million.
Budget 2014 proposes funding of $10.8 million over four years to support the efforts of Special Olympics Canada to increase the number of Canadian athletes with intellectual disabilities participating in sport through enhanced sport programs and competition opportunities.
"I was pleased to recently announce additional ongoing funding for Special Olympics Canada to help see that our Special Olympics athletes get the support they need to excel in their sport and achieve their dreams. I am very proud of proposed new funding in Budget 2014 to support Special Olympic Canada's continued efforts on behalf of Special Olympics athletes across the country."
-Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
"Special Olympics Canada is very pleased to be included in the 2014
federal budget. The proposed support of $10.8 million over 4 years,
supplementing our current annual funding of $2.8 million, will allow
Special Olympics Canada and the twelve provincial and territorial
Chapters to extend our sport programs and competitions to even more
Canadians with an intellectual disability. We are extremely grateful to
the Government of Canada and thank them for their ongoing support and
commitment to Special Olympics in Canada."
-Sharon Bollenbach, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Canada.
"We thank the federal government for its proposed support of Special
Olympics programs in the 2014 federal budget. This funding will allow
us to provide even more opportunities for Bramptonians with an
intellectual disability to become active in sport."
-Neil Myers, Coach, Special Olympics Brampton Panthers basketball team
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