Don the jersey of your favourite sports team today and help out area kids.
The Morning Star is promoting Jersey Day, in conjunction with other Black Press newspapers and Sports Day in Canada Saturday, to help raise money for Greater Vernon KidSport.
Simply wear the uniform of your favourite minor, amateur, high school or professional sports team Friday and make a toonie donation, all of which goes to the local KidSport organization.
City of Vernon employees are being encouraged to wear their jerseys.
“Donations will be collected at The Morning Star, Vernon city hall, Wesbild Centre and the Vernon Recreation Complex,” said Ann Holmes, funding allocator for Greater Vernon KidSport.
Also coming on board as collection locations are both branches of VantageOne Credit Union in Vernon, and Davidson Lawyers.
“Collection pick-up can be arranged by contacting me via e-mail (email@example.com) and I will gladly visit your place of work to pick up your bucket of toonies,” said Holmes.
“All of you know how much you enjoy your sports. Pass that good feeling on to kids whose families are unable to get them involved in grassroots programs due to economic circumstances.”
Greater Vernon KidSport has already helped 260 kids in the community this year, and has issued more than $40,000 in grants.
“Social and economic obstacles can prevent some young people from participating in organized sports,” said Doug Ross, the City of Vernon’s manager of recreation services.
“Our KidSport program has been created to help overcome these obstacles.
“Children should feel there will always be a place for sports in their lives, and that sport will always have a place for them.”
There are 40 KidSport chapters in B.C., and 175 Canada-wide.
Sports Day in Canada, now in its third year, is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across the country.