More than a dozen years after KidSport began, many families don’t know about how it could potentially help their kids.
The City of Kamloops has once again recognized the second week in September as KidSport Week in the city, part of an effort to raise awareness.
“So many families are still unaware this program is available to help them,” said Scott Andruschak, chairman of KidSport Kamloops. “Last year, KidSport helped 201 kids receive funding to allow them to play sports. So far this year we’ve helped 175 kids and our goal is to surpass 200. We’re hoping with the City’s help of making Sept. 10-17 KidSport Week, we can create even more awareness to help us achieve our goal and to keep that number growing.”
KidSport Kamloops is a local chapter of KidSport Canada, and is a not-for-profit organization working to remove financials barriers that prohibit children from playing sports. Funds raised locally are distributed locally as grants to cover registration and/or equipment fees associated with participation in a season of sport.
KidSport Kamloops has been helping kids since 2003 and distributes approximately $50,000 per year to kids in need. Recent statistics show one in 5 families does not have the financial means to allow their kids to participate in organized sports.
For more information on KidSport Kamloops or to make a donation to help make sure no kids are left on the sidelines, please visit the website, www.kidsportcanada.ca/british-