May is officially KidSport Month in Saskatchewan.
Government of Saskatchewan MLA, Muhammad Fiaz, on behalf of the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, Gene Makowsky, proclaimed the month of May as KidSport Month in Saskatchewan. The proclamation was made at a launch event at the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday in Regina.
In 2018, KidSport helped 12,703 kids participate in 49 sports in the province and more than 140,000 kids since it was introduced to Saskatchewan in 1995. Promotion, awareness and fundraising for the program are done on an ongoing basis throughout the year, but the efforts are heightened during KidSport Month. KidSport Month is proudly presented by Canada Life.
“As chair of the KidSport provincial committee, I am so thankful to the provincial government, our presenting sponsor Canada Life, and our volunteers from the local KidSport chapters who help make KidSport Month in Saskatchewan happen,” said Jerry Shoemaker, Provincial KidSport Committee Chair. “KidSport is so important in our communities. Kids that are supported through KidSport learn many life lessons that will help provide a well-rounded look at life. We believe no kids should be left on the sidelines and together we can create tomorrow’s community leaders.”
At the launch, Muhammad Fiaz, Saskatchewan Roughrider Dan Clarke, RBC Olympic hopeful Natasha Fox, University of Regina Cougar athletes, Canada Life representative Dale Kraus, and KidSport Provincial Chair Jerry Shoemaker answered questions from Grades 5-6 students from Albert Community School. The students were also given a tour of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.
To help fundraise, the 40 local KidSport chapters across the province will host a variety of fundraising events and activities.
KidSport Month events happening throughout the province include:
May 2 – Prince Albert Scissor Lift
May 3 – La Ronge 3-vs-3 Basketball Tournament
May 10 – Prince Albert Fun & Fitness Challenge
May 22 – Prince Albert Steak Night
May 25 – Regina Fun & Fitness Corporate Challenge
May 25 – Saskatoon Run & Fitness Corporate Challenge
May 25 – Meadow Lake Golf Tournament
May 31 – Battlefords BBQ