(ISN) – OTTAWA – The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is honoured and grateful to announce it is a recipient of a $30,000 grant from the Milos Raonic Foundation, to help more children with disabilities become involved in sports.
The funds will be directed towards the creation of an innovative CPC parasport digital online resource. The resource will help Canadian parents, professionals from health, education, sport and recreation access activity and lesson plans and providers based on location, age, disability type and sport preferences, to enhance the integration of children with a disability into existing sports programming.
The Milos Raonic Foundation harnesses resources in support of disadvantaged children and was established in 2012 by the Canadian tennis star.
“The Canadian Paralympic Committee would like to thank Milos Raonic and his Foundation for this very timely and generous grant,” said Karen O’Neill, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “The development of this online resource has the potential to significantly elevate the level of awareness of opportunities in sport and impact thousands of children across Canada.”
Raonic recently won the Lionel Conacher Award for the second year in a row as Canada’s male athlete of the year. In 2014 at Wimbledon, he became the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam men’s singles semifinal. Raonic is the highest ranked Canadian male player in the open era.
The Milos Raonic Foundation’s mandate is to support initiatives intended to reduce economic, physical and other barriers that might prevent the full integration of all children in the lives of their communities.
“We are very pleased to provide this grant to the Canadian Paralympic Committee and to help make possible more participation in parasport,” said Raonic. “This is an exciting opportunity to positively impact the lives of Canadian children with a disability by providing a more direct route to help them reach their full potential.”