Rugby Ontario partners with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

March 02, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – Rugby Ontario is excited to announce that we have secured a partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities ahead of the 2017 rugby season.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping remove the financial barriers preventing kids from getting in the game. Jumpstart believes that for kids, playing sports is about more than getting active: sports equip kids for life with skills like courage, confidence and teamwork. Jumpstart assists with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation.

With this partnership, Rugby Ontario will be able to fund 250 total athletes across Ontario. This program will allow our clubs to help grow the game and give opportunity to those who would not normally be able to enjoy the benefits of our sport.

“At Rugby Ontario, we know how important sport can be for children’s development, both physically and socially,” explained Rugby Ontario Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown. “Through this partnership, we can help children participate in rugby, who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the sport. Through the funding from Jumpstart, children will experience the joys of being a member of a team, developing as an athlete and most importantly – having fun!”

Rugby Ontario Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown and Associate Vice President of Jumpstart Charities Marco Di Buono share the same mentality of utilizing sport as a tool for social change, which creates not just better athletes, but better corporate citizens.

Rugby Ontario is extremely excited about this partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and look forward to working with them in the future in growing the game of rugby within the province. More details regarding this extensive partnership will be coming soon.

About Rugby Ontario:

Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to promote, govern, and develop rugby at all levels in a safe, affordable and enjoyable environment within the province of Ontario.

For more information, visit http://www.rugbyontario.com/

About Jumpstart:

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities (Jumpstart) is a national charity dedicated to providing kids from low-income families with the opportunity to experience the benefits of organized sports and physical activities. With an extensive, national network of more than 300 local chapters, Jumpstart helps kids in communities across Canada by assisting with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation. Supported by the Government of Canada through Sport Canada and the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, which includes Canadian Tire, PartSource, Gas+, Sport Chek, Atmosphere, National Sports, Sports Experts, Mark's and Canadian Tire Financial Services, Jumpstart has enabled more than 1,300,000 Canadian kids and counting to get in the game since 2005.

For more information, visit http://www.jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/

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For more information, please contact:

Kevin Baxter
Communications Coordinator
Rugby Ontario
Office: 647-560-4790 x 106
kbaxter@rugbyontario.com

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