FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KIDSPORT CALGARY & AREA RELEASE THEIR 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

Record investment in local kids, community and sport continues 23 years of outstanding impact in Calgary & Area

CALGARY, Alberta – Delivering much needed access to sport and sport opportunities for the local kids who need them most remains priority number one at KidSport Calgary & Area.  2018 continued a great history of investing in local kids, investing in our community, investing in our economy and investing in minor sport here in Calgary and Area.

“We are proud to be one of the largest single investors in minor sport in the communities we service.” Commented Wilson Acton, KidSport Calgary & Area Board Chair. “This investment comes from the hard work and commitment of our volunteers, partners, donors, sponsors, ambassadors, board members and staff. In 2018, KidSport Calgary & Area distributed over $1.62 million for sport registration fee assistance, which gave 5,647 local kids the opportunity to chase their dreams through sport. These locally raised dollars help create life changing opportunities for the KidSport kids and their families we assist.”

The KidSport Society of Calgary released its 2018 Annual Report on March 12, showcasing the continued positive impact they have on area youth. A network of 1400+ donors, sponsors, volunteers, event partners and ambassadors are the foundation of what makes this impact possible. This amazing group of people and organizations continue to make a tangible difference in the lives of some of our communities most vulnerable, and for that KidSport Calgary and the families they service are forever grateful.

 Highlights of the 2018 Annual Report include:

  • 5,647 kids supported with registration fees into 50 different sports (a year over year increase of 13%, representing a five-year growth in demand of 66%)
  • Over $1.62 million distributed to more than 470 different community sport clubs (a 21% increase over in dollars distributed over 2017, a five-year growth in dollars distributed of 77%)
  • Over $1.7 million dollars raised through local donors, events, sponsors and supporters (a decrease in dollars raised by approx. 30% from 2017)

“More Calgary & Area kids need us today then ever before.” Added Kevin Webster, Executive Director, KidSport Calgary & Area. “We are committed to getting these local kids and their families the access to sport they need and deserve.  Sport is just too important, every kid deserves the opportunity to play, and we are going to work hard to ensure that happens in the communities we service.  We have lots to accomplish in 2019 as we set out to keep up with the growing demand, make up for a down year fundraising in 2018 and get ready for our 25th Anniversary in 2020.  We know with the support of our community, sport partners, donors and events that we will reach our goals.  We look forward to working with our community to making sport a reality for 6,100 plus kids in 2019.”

After 23 years of providing support to local kids and families, KidSport Calgary has helped more than 48,000 kids with sport registration fee assistance and has distributed over $12.2 million locally raised dollars into our local sports community and back into our local economy to allow area youth a chance to live out their dreams and play.​  Amazing impact for an organization that is 100% community funded (no government funding). Join the KidSport family and become a donor, partner or sponsor today.

For more information on KidSport Calgary, visit www.KidSport.ca/Calgary and download the 2018 Annual Report

Donate Today! So ALL Kids Can Play!

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Kevin Webster
Executive Director, KidSport Calgary
kevinw@kidsportcalgary.ca
403-874-3692

KidSport is a national non-profit organization that gets kids off the sidelines by removing the financial barriers that prevent youth from participating in organized sport.  KidSport Calgary & Area is proud to be one of the 175 provincial/territorial and community KidSport chapters committed to making it So ALL Kids Can Play! As the local KidSport chapter for Calgary & Area they provide service to families in Calgary, Airdrie, Black Diamond, Cochrane, Chestermere, High River, Rocky View County, Strathmore and Turney Valley.