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December 8, 2003 - Roughrider Legends Help Set New Record for SaskEnergy Catch for KidSport™ Program

December 8, 2003

Roughrider Legends Help Set New Record for
SaskEnergy Catch for KidSport™ Program

SaskEnergy, its community partners and a group of Saskatchewan Roughrider Legends teamed up this year to make history by helping to raise the most funds ever for the SaskEnergy Catch for KidSport™ Program.

Throughout the 2003 Saskatchewan Roughriders' season, a record $52,000 was raised for KidSport™ Saskatchewan, bringing the program's seven-year total to $156,362.57.

During the Roughriders' regular and playoff seasons, SaskEnergy donated $25 for every completed reception and field goal, as well as $100 for every touchdown the Riders made. An additional $28,000 was raised by former Roughrider players during the "Line Up with the Legends" half-time show September 28.

"This year 'Rider Legends like Don Narcisse came back to Taylor Field, not just as fan favourites, but as heroes to help kids across Saskatchewan," said Ron Clark, President and CEO of SaskEnergy. "Businesses and organizations rallied together with the Legends not only to put on a great show for the fans on September 28, but also to ensure the healthy future of the children in our communities who may not otherwise have the chance to participate in sport."

The "Line Up with the Legends" half-time show saw Roughrider greats lead twelve teams in a timed obstacle course race. The teams, which also competed to raise the most donations for KidSport™, came from SaskEnergy, TransGas, ISM Canada, Farm Credit Canada, Nexen, The Phoenix Group, Saskatchewan Lotteries, RREDA, TD Canada Trust, Thom Collegiate, as well as a celebrity team featuring Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco.

The record-setting "Team Gang-Green" from ISM Canada raised over $4,900 and also won the half-time obstacle course race posting the fastest time.

"ISM Canada and our employees were thrilled to participate in SaskEnergy's Catch for KidSport™," said Dan McMurtry, President and Chief Executive Officer, ISM Canada. "Thanks to the efforts of SaskEnergy, the Roughrider organization, and our competitor teams, we had a fantastic time. Events like this are a win-win opportunity, for our 'Team Gang-Green' and the ISM Canada employees who supported their efforts onfield and off, and for the young people who will benefit from the Catch for KidSport™ program."

KidSport™ Saskatchewan has 32 committees across the province that enable less fortunate children to become active in organized sports.

"The SaskEnergy Catch for KidSport™ program continues to build each year thanks to the support of community-minded organizations and individuals," said Don McDougall, Volunteer Chair of KidSport™ Saskatchewan. "The funds raised through this program are a true investment in the future of this province. All proceeds will be used to help children participate in community sport programs. Through sport they will learn the fundamentals of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play."

In 2002, the KidSport™ committees helped 3,440 children to participate in 33 different sports and sport camps ranging from archery to wrestling. To learn more about KidSport™ Saskatchewan programs, or to make a donation, call 1-800-319-GAME.

For more information, please contact:

Kristin Kutarna Gates
Community Relations Coordinator
(306) 777-9985 or (306) 536-3844 (cell)

C. Anne Mowat
Manager, Communications & PR
ISM Canada
(306) 790-5007

Corilynn Tymiak
Provincial Coordinator
KidSport Saskatchewan
(306) 780-9345