Canada West and KidSport team up, giving all young athletes the chance to play

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September 5, 2013, EDMONTON – Canada West Universities Athletic Association and KidSport Canada announced today a partnership which will have both organizations working together to increase awareness and create fundraising opportunities for KidSport.

“KidSport is pleased to announce this unique partnership with Canada West. Both organizations have long histories of providing sport experiences to western Canadian youth and this relationship highlights the broad spectrum of sport opportunities that are possible,” said Pete Quevillon, Chair of KidSport Canada Operations Committee. “By removing the financial barriers to sport participation that exist for kids, KidSport starts them on the pathway to lifelong participation. Canada West represents a pinnacle of achievement for hundreds of young student athletes and we believe that together we can promote and showcase the potential that sport participation brings to the youth of western Canada.”

Basil Hughton, President of Canada West and Athletic Director at the University of Saskatchewan echoed Quevillon’s comment. “Both organizations believe in the positive influence sport can have on a young person’s life which is why several of our member universities and student-athletes were already working on creating fundraising opportunities in their regions. This partnership simply formalizes a few mechanics which we will strengthen both entities awareness and fundraising efforts”.

Several current and former Canada West student-athletes are now ambassadors for KidSport, including Ryan Cochrane, Desiree Scott, Annamay Pierse, Brian Johns and three-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time CIS Top 8 Academic Award winner and former CIS women’s hockey player of the year Hayley Wickenheiser of the University of Calgary Dinos.

“KidSport allows youth to have greater access to sport and provides an irreplaceable and important service to communities, said Cochrane. “By partnering with Canada West the importance of KidSport will be highlighted and more of our young athletes will be able to do what they love without families worrying about finances.”

“Sports have been a huge part of my life and I am thankful that I now have the opportunity to help KidSport get more kids playing the sports they love by becoming an Ambassador,” Scott commented. “Having played five years with the University of Manitoba Bisons soccer program, Canada West teaming up with KidSport is a fantastic partnership and one I’m sure will be a complete success! Without KidSport’s assistance I truly believe I’d have missed out on many of my life’s experiences, especially the Olympic Games.”

A total of 11,307 children were funded by Western Canadian KidSport chapters in 2012, for sports played by Canada West student-athletes.

For more information, please contact Canada West Executive Director Diane St-Denis (604-475-1213) or Pete Quevillon at KidSport (604-333-3430).

About KidSport

At KidSport™ we believe that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. KidSport™ provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.

There is nothing better for a child’s mental and physical growth than sport and physical activity. Their participation helps them perform better in school, develop stronger social skills and build stronger and healthier bodies. It allows them to develop healthy habits, self-esteem and leadership skills, creating a solid foundation for all of their future accomplishments.

KidSport™ Canada provides grant assistance to children 18 years and younger who are facing financial barriers preventing them from taking part in organized sport. Grants range from $100 to $750 and go towards registration and/or equipment costs. Since its creation over 1.5 million kids across the country have been given the chance to play sport through KidSport Grants. Visit www.kidsport.ca

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