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Kamloops Blazers Sports Society doles out $278,000
The Kamloops Blazers Sports Society has approved grants to 24 organizations totalling $278,000 as part of its 2013 funding process of the sports legacy fund.
Since 2009, 66 sport organizations have received $1.44 million in grants from the fund.
Highlighted this year is $80,000 for the community-coaching grants administered by Pacific Sport Interior, a grant of $30,000 to the Kamloops KidSport chapter to help financially disadvantaged youth participate in organized sport and a matching $40,000 grant to the Overlander Ski Club to completed improvements to the Stake Lake facility, to be disbursed over three years at $13,333 per year.
The 2013 allotment includes the second of five annual payments of $15,000 to the Kamloops Minor Baseball Association, which has just completed its indoor-training building on McArthur Island.
The recently incorporated Kamloops Adapted Sport Association received $24,000 to purchase sport wheelchairs and will partner with the Kamloops-Thompson school district to promote awareness of adapted sport within the secondary school physical-education curriculum and in the community.
And, the Kamloops Judo Club will buy new mats with a $25,000 grant.
Legacy funds continue to be used by local sport organizations to enhance their programs either by equipment purchases, capital improvements or investing in coaching development.
The annual application period extends from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 each year and the allocation by the nine members board of directors takes place in January.
The $7-million fund was generated by the 2007 sale of the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club franchise and an investment by the Blazers Sports Foundation in 2008.
For more information, go online to kamloopsblazerssportssociety.com.
Go to kamloopsthisweek.com to see a full list of grant recipients.