Troy, AL, July 2, 2010 – CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB; TSX: GIB.A), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today donated $50,000 to the Miracle League of Troy. The donation offers the final funding which will allow the Miracle League field to finally begin breaking ground to build a baseball field for children and adults with disabilities.
For the last three years, members of Troy’s community and volunteers spearheaded by Troy’s Lions Club have been working hard to raise the money to build a field with multi-handicap access. The Miracle League’s concept for the Miracle Field is to provide assistance from able-bodied people to help in whatever way necessary from batting, to base running and ball catching.
According to Dan Smith, Director of Troy Parks and Recreation, ground breaking could begin as early as next month with the hope that the field will be ready for play in Spring 2011.
“CGI has had a tremendous impact on our community since locating here in 2009, Said Troy Mayor, Jimmy C. Lunsford. “ This wonderful contribution to help make the Miracle Field project become a reality in Troy and Pike County is just one more way that CGI is making a positive difference in our community.”
“On behalf of the Troy Lions Club, I would like to thank the wonderful people of CGI for their generous donation to such a worthy cause,” said President of Troy’s Lions Club, Angel Carlson. “As you know, the Miracle Field will provide the opportunity for special needs children and adults to participate in America’s favorite pastime, baseball. The generosity of CGI will bring big smiles to small faces and tears to grown eyes. The joy you have brought to our community will be felt for years to come.”
“At CGI, giving back to the communities we live and work in is built into our company’s DNA, “ said CGI, VP for Onshore Delivery Mark Eschle. “We believe we can make a difference and we have a work culture where we give so we may make an impact.”
About Miracle League
In 1998, the Rockdaly Youth Baseball Association formed the Miracle League to further its mission of providing opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. The disabled children in the community had expressed the desire to dress in uniforms, make plays in the field and round the bases just like their healthy peers. The league began with 35 players on four teams. Since then this organization has blossomed with 200 Miracle League Organizations across the country, serving more than 80,000 children and young adults with disabilities.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 26,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. As at March 31, 2010, CGI's order backlog was $11.4 billion. CGI shares are listed on the NYSE (GIB) and the TSX (GIB.A) and are included in both, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.