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October 4, 2004 - Rider Legends, Olympians and Paralympians join together to support Saskatchewan kids

October 4, 2004

Rider Legends, Olympians and Paralympians
join together to support Saskatchewan kids

Twelve of Saskatchewan's greatest athletes led a trademark charity program to success once again, through SaskEnergy's "Line Up with the Legends" Program. This year, Rider Legends, Olympians and Paralympians from the 2004 Athens contingent helped corporate teams raise more than $18,300 for KidSport Saskatchewan. These funds will help underprivileged Saskatchewan kids participate in sport.

During half-time at the Montreal - Saskatchewan game on October 2, corporate teams were led through an obstacle course by Rider greats such as: Roger Aldag, Dan Farthing, Jim Hopson, Bob Poley and Cleveland Vann, along with 2004 Athens Olympians Cameron Baerg, Rachelle De Jong, and 2004 Athens Paralympians Amy Alsop, Lisa Franks and Clayton Gerein. The teams have spent the past few months collecting pledges for the event.

"Community programs such as this one have a deep and long-lasting effect on our province, and I'm pleased to see so many people rally together in the hopes of helping young kids in this province succeed," says Dean Reeve, Acting President and CEO of SaskEnergy. "I'm proud to see the public support behind 'Line Up with the Legends,' and on behalf of SaskEnergy, want thank everyone who got involved in this year's program, from the athletes and teams, all the way to those who donated money to help KidSport."

"On behalf of the KidSport organization and all kids who benefit from this program, I would like to thank SaskEnergy for once again putting together a great challenge. We really appreciate the teamwork and dedication shown by our Rider Legends, Olympians, Paralympians, and of course corporate teams, who stepped up to the mark once again," says Don McDougall, Volunteer Chair of KidSport Saskatchewan. "Everyone who was involved in this program is truly making a difference to thousands of kids in this province who otherwise may not be able to learn the value and benefit of sports."

This year's total for SaskEnergy's Catch for KidSport campaign is now almost $30,000, with three games left in the Saskatchewan Roughriders' regular season.

Throughout the Roughriders 2004 CFL Season, SaskEnergy is donating $25 per Roughrider field goal, $25 per offensive pass completion and $100 per touchdown to KidSport Saskatchewan.

All funds raised through the Catch for KidSport program will go directly to KidSport Saskatchewan, a charity that helps children from families facing financial obstacles to participate in community sports programs around the province. Since the program's inception in 1998 by Don Narcisse and SaskEnergy, over $155,000 has been raised, which has helped more than 1500 children in Saskatchewan.

Donations can be made to the program by calling 1-800-319-GAME. Donations can also be mailed to the SaskEnergy Catch For KidSport Program, c/o KidSport Saskatchewan, 1870 Lorne Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 2L7.

For more information, please contact:

Dave Burdeniuk
Phone: (306) 777-9842
Cell: (306) 535-6569
Corilynn Tymiak
KidSport™ Saskatchewan
(306) 780-9345