Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano and his wife Lauren will visit a school as part of their Team Giordano program on Wednesday, October 18th. In partnership with the Calgary Board of Education and Pizza 73, the Team Giordano initiative provides resources to four low-income Calgary schools to assist in meeting student needs and support personal student development.
Funded by the Calgary Italian Open with Mark Giordano, the Giordano’s and the Calgary Flames Foundation, the program has donated $300,000 to the four schools. The funding supports the purchase of new computers, floor hockey equipment and school supplies that provides students mentorship opportunities developed and supported by Mark and Lauren. Next month, over 1,400 students from the four schools will be invited by the Giordano’s to take in a Flames practice and meet Mark for a question and answer session.
The Team Giordano program aims to encourage and promote improved physical fitness and academics, healthy lifestyles, leadership development, community involvement and the positive behaviour that leads to academic achievement and success in life.
As part of tomorrow’s events, students and staff from Dr. Gladys McKelvie Egbert School will unveil their newly renovated sport court to Mark and Lauren which would not have been possible without the support of the Giordano’s.
Team Giordano School Visit
Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Who: Mark and Lauren Giordano
Where: Dr. Gladys McKelvie Egbert School (6033 Madigan Dr. NE)
Time: 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
In recognition of their community efforts last season, the Giordano’s were named recipients of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award this past July in Los Angeles, California at the ESPN Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards. The award recognizes those whose continuous, demonstrated leadership has created a positive impact on their community through sports. Through this, the Giordano’s were presented with a $100,000 (USD) grant from ESPN to support their Team Giordano program, which has impacted the lives of 1,900 high-needs Calgary students since being established in 2014.
The Calgary Flames Foundation matches each player’s donations up to $25,000. Through various initiatives, the Calgary Flames Hockey Club and its charitable arm, the Calgary Flames Foundation, continue to touch the lives of thousands of people through its commitment to education, health and wellness, and amateur and grassroots sports.