Thursday, February 5, 2015

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Games help level the playing field

We are partnering with Canadian Tire Jumpstart to host an event for 150 grade 4, 5 and 6 students today. Two schools will participate in the event, targeting children from low income families.

An opening rally will kick off the day, which includes broomball, skating, hay rides and a visit from the Calgary Fire Department and Calgary Police Service. Kids are invited to climb aboard a fire truck or meet Honey, a member of the Accelerant Detection Canine Unit.

Outdoor fire pits are a place to warm up and learn about Calgary’s natural environment from our Parks specialists.

A chance to be active

Unfortunately, one in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their kids in organized sports or physical activity. This event helps level the playing field, offering more youth a chance to be active.

“The goal is to give kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity a chance to participate in sport and have fun,” says Heather Cowie, Manager of Recreation East Region, City of Calgary.

What is Jumpstart?

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a registered charity dedicated to removing financial barriers so kids across Canada have the opportunity to get off the sidelines and into the game.

The national program works with volunteers and community partners across Canada to give kids between the ages of four and 18 the chance to participate in sport. More than just a way to stay active, learn new skills and have fun, Jumpstart helps build confidence and leadership skills, while fostering productivity and creativity.

An important partnership

We’ve been working with Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Charity to offer children from low income families the chance to participate in sport since 2008. Jumpstart provides support by funding Recreation’s Fee Assistance Program and sponsoring events, day camps and programs like Jumpstart I Love to Skate and I Love Soccer.

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Jumpstart,” says Cowie. “Our mandate to provide accessible recreation aligns perfectly with Jumpstart’s vision and we’re happy to offer the use of our facilities and staff to help support the program.”

Learn more about The City's Fee Assistance for Recreation program and community partnerships.

Submitted by Jessica Ranger, Recreation

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