September 16, 2008
Toronto –KidSport Ontario today announces the launch of a KidSport Chapter in Toronto, thanks to a $270,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).
Kathleen Wynne, MPP for Don Valley West and Minister of Education, will join KidSport Advisory Chair David Saad in congratulating KidSport Ontario. “This grant is a fantastic investment in the youth of Ontario,” said Kathleen Wynne, MPP for Don Valley West and Minister of Education. “
“We know the impact sport can have on children and youth and with the Trillium Foundation partnership we can make a difference for youth who are less fortunate” states David Saad, Chair of the Advisory Council for KidSport Ontario.
KidSport will be investing in Toronto youth by establishing a KidSport Chapter in the Greater Toronto area. It is through the work of the Chapter that KidSport will assist communities with meeting the needs of children who are less advantaged and may not have the opportunity to participate in sport due to financial limitations. “Every child should have the opportunity to play and KidSport helps realize this goal”, says Milt Ottey, former world champion high jumper and KidSport Athlete Ambassador.
Working with multiple community and corporate partners, KidSport will be creating a greater awareness for the need of an organization like KidSport and will be creating a means through which parents, teachers and community coaches can seek financial support to reduce the barriers to participation.
The Kidsport progam exists to help under serviced children and youth break through the social and economic barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport and physical activity. This is accomplished through the distribution of registration fees and equipment grants.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For over 25 years, the Foundation has supported the growth and vitality of communities across the province. OTF continues to strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector through investments in community-based initiatives. For more information, please visit www.trilliumfoundation.org.
For more information, please contact:
Office of Kathleen Wynne, MPP