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JumpStart helps kids with sports

Spring is finally here and with it, the sounds of laughter and kids playing are in the air once again. Bike rides, shooting hoops and playground fun are just some of the ways kids get active in the spring and summer months.

It’s a good thing too, because recent reports show that Canadian kids just aren’t getting enough exercise. According to the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, kids should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every single day.

Unfortunately, for many children that simply isn’t the case.

This spring and summer, consider enrolling your child in an organized sport or physical activity, such as soccer, baseball, swimming or cricket.

In addition to the physical benefits, organized play also helps to:

• Increase self esteem and self confidence

• Develop leadership skills

• Improve academic performance

• Teach healthy lifestyle habits

“As important as physical activity is for our young people, the reality is that one in three families in Canada can’t afford to enrol their kids in organized sports or physical activity programs,” said Freida Rubletz, with Canadian Tire Jumpstart.

“Charities like Jumpstart remove some of those financial pressures so all kids can have the opportunity to get in the game.”

Help bring back play in your community this May by supporting the Jumpstart Red Ball campaign. Head into your local Canadian Tire, Mark’s or Sport Chek and donate $2 in exchange for your own Jumpstart Red Ball, representing the gift of play you are giving to a deserving child.

“One hundred per cent of your donation helps kids in your community,” said Rubletz.

For more information or to make a donation, visit canadiantire.ca/jumpstart.

 

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