The Royal Bank Charity Golf Tournament has helped out the local chapter of KidSport to the tune of $5,500 that organizers say is much needed and will be put to good use helping children participate in organized sports.
The national sporting organization provides financial support to children who may be unable to participate in organized sport because of financial barriers.
One hundred and eighteen golfers showed up at the bank’s 17th annual tourney on July 14 at the Dawson Creek Golf and Country Club, and this year the bank decided to donate the money to KidSport.
A representative of the local RBC branch said the golf tournament benefits a different charitable cause every year, with a preference for programs that benefit kids. KidSport was an appropriate choice because “it gives children an equal opportunity to participate in sports,” said the rep.
KidSport grants are typically about $200 but can range from $100 to $500 to cover the costs of registration fees for one season of sport. Nationally in 2009, over 3,500 KidSport volunteers raised $7.1 million and gave out 60,000 sport grants in their communities, according to the KidSport website. Some chapters also assist with equipment, youth leadership opportunities, sports camps and travel costs.
There are 175 KidSport chapters across Canada with the exception of the Yukon and Nunavut.
In an average year, KidSport BC helps about 4,000 kids, ages 6-18, play a season of sports.
The organization began in 1993. The Dawson Creek chapter opened in 2010.
The application process for a child needing financial assistance is anonymous and the applicant just needs a non-family reference to confirm his or her need for the assistance. Applications can be picked up at the community services (parks and rec) department at City Hall, at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre, or online at www.kidsportcanada.ca.
The local chapter also needs more volunteers to sit on its board; one can reach the community services department to be put in touch with a contact person.
With files from Matthew Bains.