Victoria, B.C. – The Sport for Life Society is pleased to announce that Lanny McDonald will deliver a keynote address on inclusion in sport and physical activity at the 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit, which takes place in Gatineau, Quebec from January 23–25.
Although Lanny McDonald is best known for his outstanding 16-year NHL career – culminating in leading the Calgary Flames to a Stanley Cup in 1989 – the hockey legend is also a dedicated community leader and philanthropist. During and following his hockey career, McDonald has worked diligently with many organizations that promote inclusion in sport and physical activity.
This year’s Summit will focus on collaboration within the sport system and across the recreation, education and health sectors in order to give participants the best possible chance to succeed. As an ambassador for Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a charity dedicated to making it possible for all kids to participate, McDonald supports the organization’s goal of providing greater access to sport and play to Canadian children with disabilities. This work exemplifies the theme of the 2018 Summit, Working Together.
McDonald has been a champion for inclusion since his rookie season in the NHL. In 1974 he represented the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Special Olympics Summer Games, and since that time has been involved with the Special Olympics’ awareness and fundraising campaigns. He was named honorary coach of the Special Olympics Summer Games in Calgary in 1986. In addition, McDonald has committed his time and influence to a number of other charities. This, paired with his successful NHL career, make McDonald an inspiration both on and off the ice.