Chill Launches in Vancouver

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In 2005, under sunny skies on the snowy slopes of Cypress Mountain, 2010 Legacies Now announced a new partnership with Bell to launch Chill, a unique snowboarding program for inner-city youth from the Lower Mainland. By providing access and instruction to snowboarding, Chill presented troubled youth an opportunity for success and increased self-esteem through sport.

Aimed at youth aged 12-24, Chill provided 100 participating youth with everything needed for a mountain experience including equipment, lift tickets, transportation, clothing, and instruction.

"Our city's future will be shaped by today's youth - from all socio-economic backgrounds. Chill is a concrete example of how the 2010 Winter Games will provide opportunities for youth and also perfectly illustrates our commitment to inclusivity," said Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell.

"At Bell, we're pleased to partner with 2010 Legacies Now to launch Chill in Vancouver. The program fits perfectly with Bell's commitment to connect communities by supporting initiatives that enrich the lives of youth across the country," said Paul Healey, president of Western Canada for Bell. "Chill is a unique opportunity for inner-city youth to meet new people and experience new things all while learning important life skills."

The program was also supported by the Province of BC.

Chill was a snowboarding program for inner-city youth designed to increase self-esteem and positive self-image, which 2010 Legacies Now operated in BC from 2005 to 2008. The program was sponsored by Bell and the Province of British Columbia, with support from Cypress Mountain and Tabor Mountain.