Demand continues to grow.

2017 was another record breaker for KidSport Nova Scotia. Thanks to generous partnerships and fundraising initiatives like Give the Gift of Sport and the Sidney Crosby Foundation, over $620,000 was granted out to 2,253 children across the province. These numbers greatly surpassed the $575,000 allocated to 2,081 kids in 2016.

KidSport assists families in overcoming the financial barriers that prevent or limit the ability participate in organized sport. The funding can be used to offset registration fees or be applied to equipment costs. Since its introduction in 2004, KidSport Nova Scotia has helped 26,000 children.

 “Organized sport provides our children with so many benefits. We know it can help them be healthier, but it can also help them with things like their education and social development,” said Jamie Ferguson, Chair of KidSport. “In essence, sport can provide our children with a head start on life. At KidSport we believe every child deserves that chance.”

The majority of 2017 KidSport donations funded hockey registration fees, closely followed by soccer then basketball, gymnastics and cheerleading.  A full breakdown of the 2017 funding can be found here.