KidSport launched their sixth annual Give the Gift of Sportfundraising campaign, calling on Canadians to donate online at KidSport.ca/GiftofSport. Over 30 percent of Canadian youth under the age of 18 cannot afford to play organized sport. With the help of Canadians across the country, KidSport’s annual campaign—running until January 8, 2019—aims to get more kids off the sidelines, into the game, and experience the gift of sport. KidSport hopes to raise $150,000 this year to coincide with the celebration of Canada 150.
“Organized sport provides our children with so many benefits. We know it can help them be healthier, but it can also help them with things like their education and social development,” says Jamie Ferguson, Chair of KidSport. “In essence, sport can provide our children with a head start on life. At KidSport we believe every child deserves that chance. Please give to our Give the Gift of Sport campaign and help make more head starts happen.”
According to the 2014 CIBC KidSport Report, 82% of Canadians know a child who cannot participate in organized sport due to financial barriers. KidSport wants to change these statistics by providing grants to the growing volume of applications received each year, and continue to fund sport registration fees for more than 100 different sports across Canada.
Since its creation in 1993, KidSport has disbursed $68M and helped over 750,000 kids from coast to coast to coast receive grants and sport introduction programming, thanks to the help of the Government of Canada, national corporate partners like Jays Care Foundation, Oxford Learning and the generosity of Canadian donors. There is new demand each year, however, and KidSport can make a bigger impact with your help by donating to the Give the Gift of Sport campaign.
“Without support from KidSport, I wouldn’t have had the chance to pursue my dreams and eventually represent Canada on the world stage,” says two-time Olympian and a past KidSport
grant recipient Richard Hortness. “Having the opportunity to play organized sport taught me so many valuable life lessons that all Canadian youth should have the opportunity to experience”.
Every donation counts and will contribute to making a difference in a child’s life. An average donation of $250 can provide one child a full season of sport—the type of gift that will last well
beyond the holidays. Click here to Give the Gift of Sport to a child this holiday season.