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March 31, 2004 - SaskEnergy to receive the Sask Sport Inc. President's Citation


March 31, 2004

SaskEnergy to receive the Sask Sport Inc. President's Citation

Larry LeBlanc, President of Sask Sport Inc., today announced that SaskEnergy, the province's gas utility, will receive the Sask Sport Inc. President's Citation for its outstanding contributions to amateur sport in Saskatchewan.

This Citation is presented to an individual, corporation or organization who has contributed, either personally or financially, to amateur sport in Saskatchewan. The award will be presented at the Saskatchewan Sport Awards on Thursday, March 18, at Queensbury Centre in Regina.

"SaskEnergy has demonstrated true leadership through its volunteer and financial commitment to amateur sport. Through the SaskEnergy Catch for KidSport™ program, hundreds of kids who may have been unable to participate in community sport programs are now able to do so. SaskEnergy has supported numerous leagues and teams, and contributed volunteers at major sport events. It also played a significant role in the success of the 2001 Mastercard Memorial Cup," said LeBlanc.

Since its inception in 1998, the SaskEnergy Catch for KidSport™ program has raised more than $156,000 and assisted 2,173 kids. The program has changed over the years, but during the last season, SaskEnergy donated $25 for every completed reception and field goal, as well as $100 for every touchdown the Riders made. An additional $28,000 was raised by the "Line Up with the Legends" program where former Riders were paired up with corporate teams for a half-time obstacle course. Through its initiative, SaskEnergy has encouraged numerous businesses and individuals to support the program.

"We are privileged and fortunate to be affiliated with both Sask Sport and Kidsport, which year after year support so many worthwhile initiatives across Saskatchewan," said Ron Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of SaskEnergy. "On behalf of the many SaskEnergy employees, local business and community organizations that have partnered together to make a program like SaskEnergy's Catch for Kidsport possible, I am pleased to accept this prestigious award."

For more information contact Pat Rediger at (306) 780-9307 or email prediger@sasksport.sk.ca.