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RBC Bank Gifts Score For Trio of Triangle Youth Hockey Groups


Celebration of January’s NHL All-Star Raleigh Events Include $17,000 in Check Presentations at January 24 Carolina Hurricanes Game



Raleigh, N.C. – January 25, 2011 – RBC Bank is gearing up for January’s NHL All-Star game by investing in the future of the game of hockey here in the Triangle.

At Monday night’s Carolina Hurricanes game, RBC Bank CEO Jim Westlake presented checks on behalf of RBC Bank to benefit three area organizations that focus on bringing hockey to young players: Raleigh Youth Hockey Association, which has provided Triangle youth players with instruction and league play for more than 20 years; Triangle Special Hockey Association, which brings the hockey experience to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities; and Capital City Crew, which provides an opportunity for inner-city youth to learn to play the game.

“RBC Bank is proud to be associated with so many exciting aspects of the NHL All-Star weekend January 29-30,” said Westlake. “But we are particularly pleased to invest in the future of the game by giving to these local organizations that will possibly produce a few of the next generation of NHL Hockey All-Stars.”

  • RBC Bank’s $5,000 gift to Raleigh Youth Hockey will fund six learn-to-play classes for 30 kids, a student coaching session and will pay for seven nets for the organization. “The program support by RBC Bank allows RYHA to provide children the opportunity to participate at whatever level their skill indicates,” said Andrew Thomas, executive director of RYHA. “With the help of donations from RBC Bank, we will continue to seek improvements in programs that provide the range of basic skills as well as grow the opportunities for those who wish to advance to the highest levels attainable.”
  • The bank’s $7,000 check to the Triangle Special Hockey Association will buy equipment for disabled players – five sleds – and will subsidize costs for 22 sled players to participate in the 2011 USA Hockey National Disabled Festival in Blaine, MN.
  • The $5,000 gift from RBC Bank to Capital City Crew (a part of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative) will provide scholarships for five girls to participate on a non-travel recreational league with Raleigh Youth Hockey Association and will provide an allowance for the Capital City Crew to compete with another Hockey is for Everyone teams from Philadelphia, Washington D.C. or Pittsburgh for an entire weekend in April 2011. “RBC Bank’s contribution has helped us reach our program goals for the 2010-11 season in fulfilling our mission of providing an opportunity for children to play hockey and learn valuable life skills through the sport,” said John D. Scott, program director, Capital City Crew.

The bank’s commitment to the sport has many facets; in addition to these local gifts totaling $17,000, RBC Bank also is making $5,000 contributions to youth hockey organizations in Tampa and Atlanta, bringing the bank’s All Star Week youth hockey donations in the Southeast to $27,000 total. RBC Bank has been a multi-year donor to the Raleigh Youth Hockey Association and this year was sponsor of the RYHA Fall House Programs. RBC Bank is the presenting sponsor of the NHL All-Star Wide Open, a three-day street party that includes an NHL Fan Fair, food, games, and music in downtown Raleigh, RBC Bank’s headquarters. The bank, in conjunction with its corporate parent, RBC, has announced the Play Hockey Grants program, a commitment to distribute $1 million in grants with a maximum award of $25,000 for each selected applicant organization to encourage support for increased participation in the game of hockey across North America.


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