Tennis Canada announced Tuesday the list of celebrities and athletes slated to participate in the second annual Raonic Race for Kids. The participants will join Milos Raonic at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens) on November 19, 2013 for the fundraiser which will benefit the Milos Raonic Foundation and Tennis Canada’s “Let’s Make Tennis Matter for Kids” campaign.
Among the celebrities committed to “race” with Raonic are four-time world figure skating champion Kurt Browning, Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy, CFL legend Damon Allen and young Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard.
“I’m excited and honoured that so many incredible people have agreed to donate their time to helping me raise money for a good cause,” said Raonic. “The first year of the event was a great success and I look forward to this second year being even bigger and better with the help of these celebrities as well as the amazing fundraising teams who have been raising money for weeks in preparation for the event. I’m very much looking forward to it.”
Additional celebrity and athlete participants include:
Carson Arthur - TV personality, outdoor design and lifestyle expert
Adriano Belli - Former CFL Star and Toronto Argonaut
Rick Campanelli - Entertainment Tonight Canada Co-Host
Aaron Douglas - Actor (Battlestar Galactica)
Kelly Gruber - Former Toronto Blue Jay and MLB All-Star
Martin Laurendeau - Canadian Davis Cup team captain
Daniel Nestor - 8-time Grand Slam doubles champion and Olympic gold medalist
Martin Reader - Former Olympic beach volleyball player
Sami Jo Small - Two-time Olympic gold medalist and vice-chairman of CWHL
Jennifer Valentyne - CityTV personality, Breakfast Television “Live Eye” host
The celebrities and athletes will act as honorary team captains for the fundraising teams which are made up of 6-8 individuals who have raised money to compete in the Raonic Race for Kids. The race itself is a series of fun, interactive, circuit-style challenges completed by each team and their honorary captain. Each team entered must raise a minimum of $5000. The top fundraising team gets Raonic as their team captain, plus a one-hour private hitting session with him. The event is still accepting new fundraising teams.
Raonic Race for Kids is also open to the public for viewing. Tickets start as low as $20. Spectators will have the unique ability to see some of their favourite celebrities and athletes together in the same place, letting loose and competing with one another for a good cause. Online donations can also be made to support Raonic and his foundation.
For more information, to make a donation or to register a team or purchase tickets please visit www.raonicraceforkids.com.
About The Milos Raonic Foundation
The Milos Raonic Foundation supports children from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to remove economic, physical and other barriers that might prevent them from becoming healthy, productive members of society. In the first stage of its work, The Milos Raonic Foundation focuses on children with physical disabilities and, especially, children in need of prosthetic devices that will enable them to reach their full potential. In February of 2013, a first gift of $70,000 to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre was announced to establish The Milos Raonic Kids Agility Clinic. For more information, visit www.milosraonicofficial.com.
About Tennis Canada’s “Let’s Make Tennis Matter for Kids” Campaign
Tennis Canada launched the “Let’s Make Tennis Matter for Kids” fundraising initiative in 2010 to allow for direct investment into Kids Tennis, giving all children a chance to benefit from the lifelong opportunities tennis provides. Getting Canadian kids active is critical for healthy growth and to fight obesity. Tennis Canada has introduced a new, affordable and accessible community program which “kid-sizes” the game by using slower balls, smaller courts and right-sized racquets to help kids learn the sport in a fun and easy way. For more information visit www.tenniscanada.com/tennisforkids.