More kids in British Columbia will be able to participate in organized sports thanks to $400,000 in new funding from the provincial government.
KidSport is a non-profit organization that works to eliminate the financial barriers that can keep kids 18 and under from participating in sport.
The program enables youth to participate in a sport of their choice through confidential financial assistance.
The funding will help KidSport assist more than 5,600 children and youth in British Columbia. Each grant averages $200 to $300.
“The contribution that the ministry of community, sport and cultural development is making to KidSport assists us to ensure that more than 5,600 kids annually get to play a season of sport,” said Pete Quevillon, KidSport director.
Parliamentary secretary for non-profit partnerships Gordon Hogg, on behalf of Bill Bennett, minister of community, sport and cultural development, made the announcement while taking part in KidSport’s annual fundraiser, the Corporate Kids Challenge, featuring an old-fashioned school sports day with participation by Olympians including Ryan Cochrane, Carol Huynh, Denny Morrison and Cindy Klassen.
Since 2006-07, the B.C. government has invested more than $2.2 million in KidSport.
KidSport was established in 1993 by Sport B.C.
KidSport B.C. has expanded from fewer than 20 community chapters to 40, including a Vernon branch.