April 5, 2006 (Ottawa, ON) — The Canadian Cycling Association is pleased to announce that H&R Block Canada, Inc. has been named an Official Gold-Level Partner to the Canadian National Cycling Teams as part of a new three-year partnership with the Canadian Cycling Association.
H&R Block will be part of the CCA’s ongoing efforts to support cycling athletes and promote the sport across Canada and worldwide. In addition, H&R Block employees will help support community development programs and work to raise awareness of the CCA in their local areas.
“H&R Block is proud to be sponsoring the Canadian Cycling Association’s National team as they build toward the 2008 Olympics,” says Todd McCallum, Vice President Market and Business Development, H&R Block Canada. “Our relationship with the Canadian Cycling Association allows our company to support amateur athletes in Canada and their Olympic aspirations and at the same time, contribute to local programs that encourage cycling activities for all ages.”
This new partnership matches two organizations that are international in scope and will see H&R Block support the development of current and future national team cyclists through an innovative program that will include title sponsorship of a fundraising campaign to be launched later this year in Calgary, Alberta with future plans of rolling it out nationally in 2007 and 2008.
“This exciting new partnership with H&R Block will help us build a stronger future for all levels of cycling in Canada,” added Stephen Lacelle, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Cycling Association. “We look forward to working with this special corporate partner and believe it will provide us with the boost needed to take our sport to new heights in the years ahead.”
In addition to becoming a Gold-Level Partner to Canada’s National Cycling Teams, effective immediately, H&R Block will also serve as the Canadian Cycling Association’s Official Tax Preparation Company.
About H&R Block
H&R Block Canada prepares nearly two million tax returns annually, making it Canada’s leading tax preparation firm. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, the company serves Canadian taxpayers in more than 965 offices across the country. H&R Block Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of H&R Block, Inc., a diversified company with subsidiaries providing a wide range of financial products and services. Additional information about H&R Block Canada is available at 1-800-HRBLOCK or visit www.hrblock.ca for more tax tips.
The CCA is the national governing body for Canadian cycling. Representing its members (individuals, clubs and trade teams) through provincial and territorial cycling associations, its mission is to lead and support the development and growth of cycling in Canada, through high performance programs, cycling development centres, national and international events, and the national introduction to cycling program for youth, known as Sprockids. Founded in 1882, it is Canada’s oldest sport governing body.