MI COACH program launches with generous support from Suncor Energy

(Fort McMurray, AB, June 21, 2013) – Suncor Energy Executive Vice President, Oilsands and In Situ Mark Little announced a $25,000 contribution to MacDonald Island Park’s new Mi COACH program at the Suncor Energy Community Leaders’ Reception at Miskanaw Ballroom on Thursday night.

The contribution from Suncor, long-time supporter of MacDonald Island Park with the Suncor Community Leisure Centre and numerous community-based initiatives, allows the Mi COACH program to get underway.

 “Suncor is proud to back local athletes, coaches and referees, and look forward to one day supporting a young Wood Buffalo champion at the Olympics. Supporting Mi COACH is really the beginning of our journey as we “go for gold” at the local, national and global levels,” said Little. “It all starts here in Wood Buffalo and I’m excited to see our growth and passion leading up to the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games and beyond.”

The Mi COACH mission is to foster coaching excellence in all sports in Wood Buffalo through enriched programs and training and mentorship opportunities for coaches. The ‘Mi’ refers to MacDonald Island Park as the governing organization and the ‘COACH’ ties in a vision through which all coaches can connect with the opportunities required to grow as leaders.

The Mi COACH program is aligned with the Mi KIDS program and a broader ‘Mi Community’ approach to community building that underlies MacDonald Island Park’s overall vision and mission. The development of quality coaches and leaders across all sports in Wood Buffalo is paramount for the success of the Mi KIDS program, and more importantly, a key building block as grassroots sports continue to grow along with the increased attraction and delivery of provincial and national sporting events and championships.

“Community partners like Suncor Energy enable us to bring programs like Mi COACH from vision to reality,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park. “This contribution allows us to initiate this program, which is designed to develop key skills in coaches so our youth can succeed.”

Community members across Wood Buffalo, parents and individuals representing community sports organizations can nominate coaches to receive funding. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Registration fees and expenses related to coaching development programs, classes, training, seminars, conferences, clinics and accreditation processes
  • Membership fees to associated organizations that are aligned with the Mi COACH vision and mission
  • Facilitation, financial or otherwise, for coaches searching for development opportunities that will advance youth sport and interaction in the region
  • Any need approved by the Mi COACH or Mi KIDS committee that is in the interest of coaching development

Funds for the program can be raised through corporate, organizational and individual contributions, as well as through the Mi COACH Roots 73 clothing line, developed in partnership with the Northern Kickoff presented by Shell Albian Sands and the Edmonton Eskimos. All proceeds from the clothing line will be directed towards the Mi COACH Program. The Mi COACH Roots 73 clothing line will be available for purchase at the Total Fitness Centre.

As part of the Mi COACH program the Edmonton Eskimos have committed to presenting a coaching clinic in the Wood Buffalo region in the offseason. More details will be released as they become available.

See what Edmonton Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed has to share on youth and coaching:  macdonaldisland.ca/about-us/mi-community/mi-coach

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