Give the Gift of Sport

Give the Gift of Sport is KidSport's annual national campaign that raises awareness and funds to help under-resourced Canadian youth participate in organized sport in Canada.

After calling all Canadians from coast to coast to support the 2015 Give the Gift of Sport campaign, KidSport is thrilled to report that over $85,000 was raised! It was a record breaking campaign for us, setting the bar even higher for us. These important funds are going to support even more kids to get into the game this year.

Thanks to all of our supporters who helped us reach well beyond our goal this year. We are grateful for every dollar donated, because every dollar counts towards reducing the stats of the 1 in 3 kids who cannot play sports due to financial barriers.

When you give the gift of sport, you could be helping someone like Richard, and we’d like to share his story with you.

At the age of 13, he grew up playing sports and quickly developed a growing passion for swimming and saw that he could be pretty good at it. After giving up his other sports—soccer and baseball—to focus on swimming, his parents found themselves in a financial bind and couldn’t afford to pay for his swimming registration fees.

Fortunately, they were referred to KidSport. They applied for a grant and were able to keep Richard in the game, so he could continue swimming.

Quickly Richard swam his way up the ranks to junior and national swimming teams in Canada. Growing into a 6’3” build, he was clearly built to swim and had the natural ability to go the lengths needed to pursue his athletic dreams.

Some of you may even recognize this story, because Richard eventually made the Canadian National team and became a two-time Olympian. He competed in both Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics.

We’re talking about Richard Hortness. He says if he had missed that summer of swimming, at 13, he might not have had the swimming career that he did. It was a pivotal year to remain in sport, and the KidSport grant helped make that possible. He was given the gift of sport.

KidSport is honoured to have contributed to realizing Richard’s athletic dreams, and with your support, we want to continue helping more kids experience this potential, despite financial barriers.

 We are looking forward to putting the $85,000 raised from the 2015 Give the Gift of Sport campaign to good use. Until our next campaign, please consider supporting your local chapter, or getting involved by volunteering.

Thank you for helping us make a difference So ALL Kids Can Play!