PRINCE GEORGE – The World Baseball Challenge Society is receiving $7,000 from the provincial government’s Hosting BC program to support its 2015 World Baseball Challenge from August 14 to 23.

Mackenzie’s Rainbow Swim Club is receiving $975 to support the BCSSA Cariboo Regional Swim Meet on August 8.

“Our family has attended the world baseball challenge in previous years and enjoyed the top-notch baseball teams that this tournament attracts,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Grants from the Hosting BC program help communities like ours host impressive sporting events like this one.”

The World Baseball Challenge Society works to bring an international baseball tournament to Prince George every two years at Prince George Citizen Field.

The Mackenzie Rainbow Swim Club encourages and develops amateur swimming in Mackenzie, encourages self-improvement though physical fitness, and develops team spirit among the swimmers.

“The 2015 World Baseball Challenge is a popular event that dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly on to successfully host in Prince George for several years,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “The Mackenzie Rainbows Swim Club has provided swimmers with the opportunity to train competitively for many years. Hosting BC is proud to help the World Baseball Challenge Society in bringing this international competition to Prince George, and help Mackenzie Rainbow swimmers compete at their swimming competition.”

Across British Columbia, 38 events in 25 communities will share more than $125,000 in the latest round of Hosting BC grants, provided by the provincial government and administered by ViaSport.

Hosting BC funds competitive-level events that support long-term athlete development plans for B.C.’s Provincial Sport Organizations.

ViaSport is a not-for-profit organization created in 2011 as a legacy of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Its mandate is to increase awareness, opportunity and participation in sport across the province–at every stage of life and in every community.

Information about Hosting BC and other grants offered through Viasport is can be found on their website: viasport.ca/grants.