September 09, 2015 - 8:00 PM
KAMLOOPS – More Kamloops kids are getting a chance to play sports this year thanks to a program aimed at helping families who wouldn't normally be able to pay for their children to be involved in organized sport.
Currently the Kamloops chapter of KidSport helps roughly 180 kids in the community participate in sport and the hope is to increase that number to 200 by end of year.
KidSport Week run this week in Kamloops, Sept. 7 to 13, and the organization’s chair Scott Andruschak is asking residents to spread the word so they can reach their goal.
“I think there are more people in Kamloops who don’t know who we are. We have the capacity to help more kids,” Andruschak says.
Andruschak says the organization pays up to $500 per kid per year. The fees cover registration costs and any equipment needed to play.
Andruschuk says that the organization sees sport as more than physical health and wellbeing; it’s character building.
“It’s gaining the life skills, the relationship skills. All the benefits of sports.”
KidSport has 41 branches throughout B.C. and is a not-for-profit organization which helps families of limited means enter their children into sports. The Kamloops chapter, which was founded in 2003 and grants more than $50,000 to kids every year, is completely volunteer based and relies entirely on donations.
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