KidSport™ is a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association with the Canada Revenue Agency that provides support to under-resourced children and youth 18 years of age and under across the country by removing financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.
KidSport™ KW is a not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under within Kitchener and Waterloo. Through a confidential application process, we provide grants so they can participate in the sport or dance of their choice.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Sports Council formed the KidSport™ KW Chapter as a committee of the Sports Council as a result of the need identified and expressed by the community sport clubs, social service agencies, the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo and KidSport™ Ontario.
A committee of these organizations met several times in early 2013 to consider and write several operating policies and procedures for the new Chapter. In June 2013, the Sports Council Board of Directors approved Bylaw Number Two to govern the Chapter according to the requirements of KidSport™ Canada.
The Chapter is governed by a nine (9) person Management Committee of dedicated volunteers from our community. The Chair of the Chapter is an elected and voting Director of the Sports Council Board, and the volunteer members of the Chapter are appointed by the Sports Council Board.
Benefits to the community
KidSport KW believes in the values and benefits of kids playing organized sports and we know that sport will provide them with the opportunity to:
- Become physically active
- Improve their self-esteem and self-confidence
- Learn life-long skills
- Improve their academic performance
- Make new friends
- Share and celebrate their culture
Since incorporating in 2005, KidSport Canada has attracted a business based Pan-Canadian board, financial support from the federal government and corporate Canada, and created partnerships in KidSport communities across the country.
Working in partnership with our stakeholders KidSport KW leads the way in defining, promoting and strengthening the KidSport brand and related fundraising initiatives in Kitchener Waterloo.
**For persons living in Cambridge and other areas outside of Kitchener-Waterloo, please apply for funding through KidSport Ontario. If you are applying for a sport not offered in your city/township, located in Kitchener or Waterloo, you may use KidSport KW for funding.**
For more information on sports within Kitchener, click here.
For more information on sports within Waterloo, click here.