Vancouver, September 10 – Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon has declared the week of September 9th to 16th, KidSport Week in British Columbia and throughout the province, municipal governments are also jumping on board to proclaim KidSport Week in their communities.

“Every child in B.C. deserves the chance to experience the social, physical and mental health benefits of sport. This week we will celebrate KidSport Week and the programming of KidSport BC who provide opportunities for kids across the province to participate in organized sport.” Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

“KidSport Week is designed to enhance the profile of KidSport across the province and to ensure that British Columbians realize the importance of ensuring that all kids get the chance to play organized sport. Thanks to the efforts of our incredible chapter volunteers, our corporate partners and the Government of BC, KidSport was able to assist over 7,700 children to play a season of sport in 2016, said Pete Quevillon, Director KidSport BC.

“Sport has impacted my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. Without Kidsport it is difficult to say where I would be today. Sport opened up doors to allow me to go to university and to represent Canada. To everyone that has supported Kidsport, thank you - you have not only impacted my own life, but the lives of thousands of other kids. Katelynn Ramage (3x Canadian Champion, 2015 Pan American Games 20km Race Walk)

 1 in 3 families can’t afford to register their children in sport, and only 7% of Canadian children and youth are meeting Canada’s guidelines of 60 minutes of physical activity a day. KidSport hopes British Columbians will help us to change those numbers.

To donate to KidSport, or to find out more about KidSport Week events in your community, please visit our website at www.KidSport.ca/BC

About KidSport:

At KidSport™ we believe that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. KidSport™ provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.

There is nothing better for a child’s mental and physical growth than sport and physical activity. Their participation helps them perform better in school, develop stronger social skills and build stronger and healthier bodies. It allows them to develop healthy habits, self-esteem and leadership skills, creating a solid foundation for all of their future accomplishments.

KidSport™ provides grant assistance to children 18 years and younger who are facing financial barriers preventing them from taking part in organized sport. Grants average $300 and are dedicated to assisting with the costs of organized sport registration fees. In 2016, KidSport provided over $1.9 million in grants to more than 7,700 kids.

Full press release here.