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May 20, 2010

Always Dream Foundation grant jump starts Oakland sledge program

SAN JOSE – The Always Dream Foundation is providing a grant of $7,000 to the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program, intended to cover the cost of 10 sets of sleds and sledge hockey related equipment. The grant will be awarded with a check presentation ceremony at Oakland Ice Center Operated by Sharks Ice on Wednesday, May 26 at 5 p.m.
The Always Dream Foundation is a non-profit organization created by former U.S. Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi. The foundation works with local charities to “inspire and embrace the hopes and dreams of children.”
The grant will officially be presented at the Oakland Ice Center in a check presentation on May 26. Scheduled to attend the presentation ceremony will be: Kristi Yamaguchi, Lori Yamaguchi and Jim Adler, representing Always Dream Foundation, Trooper Johnson and Kaia Burkett with the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (also known as BORP), and representatives of the City of Oakland, including Councilmember Nancy Nadel.
“The Always Dream Foundation is proud to be able to support this exciting and innovative program,” said Kristi Yamaguchi. “BORP’s commitment to sports and recreation as a pathway to achievement for young people with disabilities is the perfect expression of my personal belief in the power of athletics to transform lives.”
The sleds and sledge equipment will be used as part of a new sledge hockey developmental skills program at the Oakland Ice Center. The program will eventually develop into a sledge hockey league, expected to begin in late May. Participation will begin with children who register through the BORP.
The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program is a Berkeley-based non-profit organization whose goal is to “improve the health, independence and social integration of people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness and recreation programs.”
For more information about the Oakland Ice Center Operated by Sharks Ice and their new sledge hockey program, please contact Melissa Fitzgerald at (510) 268-9000 x104.

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