November 20, 2017
Give The Gift of Sport
KidSport Calls on
Canadians to Give the Gift of Sport this Holiday Season
National not-for-profit aims
to raise $150,000 to help more children play organized sport in 2018
Charlottetown – November 20,
2017 – KidSport™ launched their sixth annual Give the Gift of Sport fundraising campaign today, 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, 2018—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.
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.
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. Make
your contribution today to Give the Gift
of Sport at KidSport.ca/GiftofSport,
where personal, corporate or tribute donations can be directed to any of
KidSport’s 178 community chapters.
Learn more about KidSport and join the holiday conversation
on Twitter @KidSport and #GiftofSport, on Facebook.com/KidSportCanada, or online
KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that helps
remove financial barriers that prevent kids from playing sport by providing
assistance for registration fees and sport equipment to children aged 18 and
under. Through a confidential application process grants are given so they can
play a season of sport. With 178 community chapters across Canada, KidSport
provides support to kids from coast to coast to coast. Since its creation in
1993, $68M has been disbursed to over 750,000 kids across the country offering
the chance to play sport through KidSport grants and sport introduction
For more information:
902 368 4547