KidSport KW addresses the significant financial barriers faced by low income families in our community and their desire to have their children participate in healthy, life-changing activities like sport and dance. Sport and physical activity contribute to a child’s mental and physical growth. Children’s participation helps them perform better in school, develop positive social skills and build stronger, healthier bodies. They build self-esteem and leadership skills, creating a solid foundation for their future endeavours. They develop friendships and support groups to help them with life’s problems.
Since the KW Chapter was formed in June 2013, they have provided grants to more than 800 at-risk children and youth to benefit from the positive experience of participating in sport or dance programs through KidSport KW. Families feel less financial pressure and are involved in a positive social network while their children benefit physically and socially. Social services have a new avenue of support for their clients,while sports leagues no longer have to deal with the sensitive tasks of determining financial needs and administering grants themselves.
Donors, partners and volunteers are vital to KidSport’s on-going success. KidSport KW does not have any salaried employees and are not able to provide service without the dedication and hard work of volunteers. They are always seeking passionate volunteers to help So ALL Kids Can Play! They also are in need of financial donations, as with their current funding they are not always able to support all of the applications that they receive.
The vision of KidSport is that in KW sport and recreation are accessible to everyone, involvement is highly valued, sport achievement at all levels is celebrated, and all children and youth experience the benefits and opportunities of participation in the activities and programs of their choice.
This GivingTuesday, support KidSport with your time or money as they work to make sports available to all children in Kitchener and Waterloo!