Levis, originally from Saskatoon, Sask., has committed to the children’s charity as a program ambassador. For Levis, giving back to his home province to help kids benefit from sport is something he is proud to be a part of.
“I’m incredibly happy to be an ambassador for KidSport Saskatchewan. It’s important for children to have the opportunity to play, and be in an environment where your mind can be free,” said Levis. “Growing up, it was important for me to have soccer when I went through challenges, especially my mom’s passing. I want kids, especially in my home province of Saskatchewan, to have access to sport, especially when going through tough times.”
Levis is the first Saskatchewan-born and rasied player to start in a Major League Soccer game. He signed his MLS contract in August 2016 and made his first appearance in October of that year, but suffered a serious injury in the match. After recovering in 2017, Levis made 13 starts in 14 appearances in 2018 and has made two appearances in the 2019 season.
A graduate from Centennial Collegiate in Saskatoon, Levis started his career in the Saskatoon Youth Soccer Club, before playing with the Centennial Chargers in high school. He spent the next four seasons with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Levis led the Huskies to its first and only Canada West Men’s Soccer Championship title in 2014. Levis played two seasons with Whitecaps FC U-23 team before joining the MLS squad.
In 2018, KidSport helped 12,703 kids participate in 49 sports. Soccer was the second-most funded sport in the year.
“Brett is a wonderful example of the opportunities that sport can give kids,” said Jerry Shoemaker, volunteer chair of the KidSport Saskatchewan committee. “Brett is a role model for so many kids in this province, and we are so pleased to have him as an ambassador for our program. He is proud to be from Saskatchewan and knows it is important to give back to the community that supported him. He, like us, believes that no kid should be left on the sidelines and will work with us to ensure that all kids can play and dream through sport.”
Levis joins Saskatchewan Roughrider Naaman Roosevelt and Kirk Muyres of the Muyres Curling Rink as KidSport Saskatchewan ambassadors. National ambassadors for the charity include Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery and former-NHL player Jerome Iginla.
For more information on Brett Levis: https://www.whitecapsfc.com/players/brett-levis
About KidSport: KidSport is a children’s charity designed to assist children ages 5 to 18 of families facing financial obstacles to participate in community sport programs. It believes that no kid should be left on the sidelines and that all should be given the opportunity to experience the benefits of organized sport. Since 1995, KidSport has raised more than $12 million to help more than 140,000 kids participate. For more information, visit: kidsport.ca/sk