Mitts for Many Program Launched

Saturday, 16th February 2019

(Red Deer, Alberta) - The 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society is pleased to announce the public launch of the Mitts for Many Program, in support of The Mustard Seed. A social legacy of the 2019 Games, Mitts for Many encourages all 2019 Games’ participants and spectators to donate a new or gently used pair of mittens in a donation bin located in the Great Hall of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre from now until March 2.

Athletes from all 13 provincial and territorial teams made contributions to the program during a press conference earlier today at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.  

“The legacies of the 2019 Games reach further than the sport community and we are proud to work with our participants, spectators and Funding Parties to leave an important social legacy in our community that benefits The Mustard Seed,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Games. “The contributions of the athletes and our Funding Parties today was extremely touching and we are confident that the greater Red Deer community is going to respond generously to this opportunity to help our fellow Red Deerians in need.”  

“The Mustard Seed in Red Deer is so grateful to partner with the 2019 Canada Winter Games as an Official Supporter,” said Byron Bradley, Managing Director of The Mustard Seed in Red Deer. “Seven days a week across our four centres in western Canada, our most vulnerable citizens knock on our doors asking for winter gear to help them keep warm in our cold Canadian winter. We are pleased to be recipients of the Mitts for Many from the generous athletes across our great nation and these Mitts will be shared across Edmonton, Calgary and here in Red Deer. On behalf of those that come to us in need, thank you.”

“Sport builds good citizenship that goes well beyond the podium. I have great hope for our province and country when I see young people in Alberta and across Canada taking to help those in need,” said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, responsible for sport for the Province of Alberta.

“Initiatives like ‘Mitts for Many’ during major events such as The 2019 Canada Winter Games remind us that sport building truly is community building,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “In recent weeks we’ve experienced extreme cold temperatures and we are thankful to our fellow Canadians and Red Deer citizens for participating so generously in this initiative. We are also deeply appreciative of the work local organizations do on a daily basis to provide necessary support to our most vulnerable citizens.”

Historically, the provincial and territorial teams make donations to a local cause in the Host Community of the Canada Games; however, this is the first Canada Games where all provinces and territories made a donation to the same social organization.

“We applaud the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society and the competing teams from across the country for their Mitts for Many program,” said Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. “It is an example of ways the Canada Games can be a catalyst in host communities as they inspire youth to participate and excel in sport, unify our country and strengthen our communities.”

The Mitts for Many program is sponsored by NOVA Chemicals, a Platinum Sponsor of the 2019 Games.