KidSport’s Shayne Wright (top left) and Ann Holmes (right) sport their favourite jerseys with Morning Star editorial staff Glenn Mitchell

KidSport’s Shayne Wright (top left) and Ann Holmes (right) sport their favourite jerseys with Morning Star editorial staff Glenn Mitchell

Jersey Day rallies for KidSport

Greater Vernon KidSport’s second annual Jersey Day for KidSport is Friday

The community is being challenged to sport their favourite team’s colours Friday to ensure all kids get to play.

Greater Vernon KidSport’s second annual Jersey Day for KidSport is Friday, where individuals and  office and business staff are urged to wear their favourite team jersey and make a donation.

“Companies, car dealers, retail outlets, organizations, everyone is encouraged to wear a jersey for KidSport and make a donation,” said Ann Holmes, Greater Vernon KidSport. “Any jersey, any sport.”

All funds raised in the community remain local, enabling more than 275 kids from Vernon, Lumby, Cherryville, Armstrong, Enderby and Grindrod to be able to take part in sports. More than $40,000 annually goes towards putting kids in three minor hockey associations, ringette, lacrosse, three skating organizations, OTR programs, swimming, gymnastics, dance and basketball programs, to name a few.

“Over $700 was raised  locally in 2012 from this event – let’s make it bigger and better for 2013,” said Holmes.

Vantage One Credit Union in the Landing Plaza raised the most during the first Jersey Day fundraiser.

They are up for the challenge again this year said Heather Sidor, Landing branch manager.

“Join in. Wear your favorite team jersey. Have fun – better aim for three figure total donations to beat us!  It is for a very good cause.”

The Morning Star’s is also supporting the cause again this year and challenges their readers to support the cause.

“Sports play a major role in developing a child’s sense of belonging through team building, which is evident in the sports pages of The Morning Star,” said managing editor Glenn Mitchell. “This community has proven to produce some incredibly talented athletes, so let’s pull together to give even more kids a sporting chance.”

Greater Vernon KidSport is also throwing down the gauntlet to challenge all papers to host the second Annual Jersey Day for KidSport throughout B.C. on Friday.

For more information contact Ann Holmes at involved2@shaw.ca or to have your donations collected.

Donations can also be dropped off during business hours at Vantage One Credit Union in the Landing Plaza on Friday, Saturday, or Monday, Sept. 30.