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Rangers launch new community fund

The focus of Rangers Reach will be the community that continues to support the team
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The Blue Jays and Maple Leafs have one, and now the Kitchener Rangers do as well - a community non-profit organization that will operate at arms length from the Ontario Hockey League team.

The focus of Rangers Reach, which was announced Tuesday, will be the community that continues to support the team.

The chair of Rangers Reach says it was the vision of former Rangers' COO Steve Bienkowski, who first started to explore the idea several years ago.

"And I think Steve was looking around at best practices across not just junior hockey, but professional sports associations and said it makes sense to actually have an independent organization ... independent foundation that would look at what the needs are of a specific community ... and figure out the best way that the Kitchener Rangers hockey club could support activities," Tim Jackson told The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS.

"We're (the board) excited and I think it's a testament to what Steve has done in his tenure as COO of the hockey club. That he understands how important the Rangers are to the community, and the need to give back to the community." added Jackson.

In the last 18 years, the team has provided financial and in-kind donations to amateur sport organizations, funded upgrades to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, and partnered with the Kitchener Sports Association.  

Craig Campbell, executive director of Rangers Reach, believes having a separate organization will highlight the team's community giving and events.

"I think once hockey returns in some form, a better indication of granting processes and guidelines will be available in early 2021." he explained.

The original plan was to launch Rangers Reach in March, but it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.




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