It may have been your favourite hockey sweater or lacrosse shirt. Perhaps it was baseball, rugby or soccer. No matter the sport, Jersey Day was a tremendous hit.
A total of $730, and climbing was raised Sept. 28 for KidSport, which ensures all children can participate in organized sports no matter their family’s financial status.
“That’s swimming lessons for at least nine kids,” said Ann Holmes, funding allocator for Greater Vernon KidSport.
On Jersey Day, people at local businesses and agencies were encouraged to wear a sports jersey for a minimum $2 donation to KidSport.
Among those participating were The Morning Star, the City of Vernon, Davidson Lawyers, VantageOne, Vernon Hyundai and Service B.C.
“A lot of people were wearing jerseys and there was a great atmosphere,” said Doug Ross, with the Greater Vernon parks and recreation department.
Bill Tarr and members of members of the Vernon Minor Football Magnums got into the spirit and toured numerous offices.
“They were looking for local jerseys and if they found one, they donated $2,” said Holmes, adding the team collected $86.
Beyond the money, the goal of Jersey Day was to raise awareness.
“People realize the difference sports can make in the lives of young people,” said Ross.
Holmes says The Morning Star deserves recognition for its role in promoting the event and encouraging others in the community to get involved.
About $40,000 will be disbursed by KidSport this year to cover registrations and other expenses for youth.
“We go through a lot of money every year,” said Holmes.
It’s anticipated that this year’s Jersey Day won’t be the last.
“We will definitely look at doing it again next year,” said Holmes.
For more information about KidSport, including how to apply for assistance, go to www.greatervernonkidsport.ca.