A $400,000 B.C. government grant to KidSport B.C. will help ensure all children in British Columbia have the opportunity to participate in sport.
Established in 1993, KidSport B.C. – which has a branch in Greater Vernon – is a non-profit organization that helps kids 18 and under to participate in sport.
The program enables children and youth to participate in a sport of their choice through confidential financial assistance.
KidSport BC was the first organization of its kind in the country and has grown from fewer than 20 community chapters to more than 40 throughout the province.
“By eliminating financial barriers for families, KidSport B.C. opens participation in sport to children who might not otherwise have that opportunity,” said Coralee Oakes, minister of community, sport and cultural development. “The Government of British Columbia is pleased to support this important work with this $400,000 grant, so that many more B.C. kids can enjoy the enormous benefits of sport.”
The announcement was made at KidSport B.C.’s 5th annual Ritchie Bros.Auctioneers Corporate Kids Challenge fundraiser.
This year’s event was attended by some of B.C.’s elite athletes, including members of Canada’s World Cup silver medal women’s rugby team; members of Canada’s national women’s soccer team; as well as former B.C. Lion, Angus Reid, Olympic freestyle skier silver medalist Kelsey Serwa, and Olympic rowing silver medalist Darcy Marquardt.
“The Government of British Columbia has been a long-standing cornerstone partner of KidSport B.C. and their support enables our 41 community chapters and our provincial office to ensure that no child is left on the sidelines” said Pete Quevillon, KidSport B.C. director.
“This tremendous partnership with the Government of B.C. allows us to continue to not only meet the increasing demand for our assistance but also to leverage those dollars within the corporate community at events like the Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Corporate Kids Challenge.”
In 2013, more than 6,700 kids received KidSport B.C. assistance with an average funding grant of $300.