Hershey’s Track & Field Games Day in Canada ready for takeoff; Olympian Perdita Felicien ramping up for Manitoba visit

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Athletics Canada

May 10, 2013, Ottawa, On (ISN) – Excitement is in the air as the first events of Hershey’s Track & Field Games Day in Canada 2013 are just around the corner.

In all 20 Hershey’s Track & Field Games events will happen in communities across the country with the first two tomorrow in Grande Prairie, Alta., at the Peace County Hershey Meet and in Winnipeg, Man., at the University of Manitoba Hershey Meet.

Hershey’s Track & Field Games Day in Canada activities will feature two-time Olympian and World Champion Perdita Felicien of Pickering, Ont., attending the Central Hershey’s Track & Field Games Meet on May 24 in Carman, Manitoba. Felicien will spend the day encouraging and signing autographs for the thousand or so expected participants. “I can’t wait for May 24 in Carman to spend time with the future of my sport,” said the ten-time national champion.

Felicien adds, “I think it’s really important to give back and be part of grassroots activities like this. The Hershey’s program provides an excellent opportunity for youths to try the sport, if I can help out and provide the inspiration I just think that’s a perfect fit.”

As part of this exciting kickoff Athletics Canada is happy to announce the following Hershey’s Day prize winners:

St. Marcellinus Hershey Meet, Mississauga, ON – $1,000 grassroots athletics grant and event support promotional pack

PEI Provincial Hershey Track and Field Games Meet – Charlottetown, PEI – event support promotional pack

University of Sherbrooke Hershey Meet – Sherbrooke, QC – event promotional pack

About Hershey’s Track & Field Games Day in Canada

Hershey’s Track & Field Games Day in Canada is a national celebration of grassroots athletics programming aimed at increasing awareness by having fun. Hershey’s Track & Field Games Day in Canada 2013 is set for May 24; however the celebration will encompass all HTFG events taking place in the month of May. For more information visit http://hersheystfg.athletics.ca/index.php.

About Hershey’s Track & Field Games

Founded in 1977 by Dr. Donald P. Cohen in Charleston, W.Va., Hershey’s Track & Field Games has grown from a local playground event in a single community to an international program encouraging children and family activity to help them lead healthier, balanced lives. More than 10 million children from the United States and Canada have participated in the Hershey’s Track & Field Games to date. Children interested in participating in Hershey’s Track & Field Games or adults interested in hosting a qualifying meet in their town can visit www.HersheysTrackandField.com. The Hershey Company provides North American funding for Hershey’s Track & Field Games. Additional partners are the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), Athletics Canada and Key Club. Hershey’s Track & Field Games is the largest youth sports program of its kind with thousands of children participating in the program yearly, representing over 4,000 communities.