New program recognizes community heroes who have quarterbacked remarkable changes in their communitiesTORONTO, July 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Scotiabank today announced the launch of Scotiabank Game Changers, a new program that recognizes local heroes in CFL communities across Canada. Through the program, Scotiabank will recognize the achievements of community heroes and award them with $1,000 for the registered charity or non-profit cause of their choice in celebration of every CFL game. Scotiabank will also provide a $100,000 donation to the cause of a remarkable Scotiabank Game Changer on-field at the 100th Grey Cup game. "Scotiabank Game Changers honours community heroes as they 'change the game' in their local communities," said Anatol von Hahn, Group Head, Canadian Banking. "It recognizes the commitment and passion of everyday people doing extraordinary things that make a positive impact in their community. Scotiabank knows CFL fans across the country are passionate about the game and their teams, and we are excited to give them an opportunity to celebrate Game Changers in their community as they cheer on the game changers on the field." During the CFL regular season, Scotiabank will recognize 72 Regional Game Changers and provide them with a $1,000 donation to the registered charity or registered non-profit organization of their choice. At the end of the regular season, from the 72 Regional Game Changers, eight Scotiabank National Game Changer Finalists will be selected and provided a VIP trip to the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto. Of those finalists, one will be selected as the National Scotiabank Game Changer and will receive a $100,000 donation to the registered charity or registered non-profit organization of their choice to be presented at the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto on November 25, 2012. CFL fans can nominate and vote for Scotiabank Game Changers to help choose the initiative that will receive $100,000. LOOKING DOWN FIELD FOR AN OPEN 'GAME CHANGER' RECEIVER! People are encouraged to nominate and vote for a Scotiabank Game Changer in their community today, by visiting www.ScotiabankGameChangers.com. During the 2012 CFL regular season, 72 Scotiabank Game Changers will be selected in CFL team markets and rewarded for making a difference in their communities. They will receive:
$1,000 to the cause or charity of the Scotiabank Game Changer's choice
Broadcast recognition at select games via Scotiabank's media partner TSN
"The Scotiabank Game Changers program is a great fit for the CFL because it captures the dedication and commitment the players in this league have both to the sport of football and to giving back to their communities," said Mark Cohon, CFL Commissioner. "The CFL is part of the fabric of this country and an integral part of community life in the cities and provinces in which our teams play, and we're proud to help recognize the people in these communities who make a difference." TSN will also highlight select Scotiabank Game Changers in National broadcasts throughout the regular season.