SURREY, BC: More children and youth will be able to get in the game and gain the benefits of sport and active living, thanks to the Province’s historic investment in Sport BC.
“Every child, regardless of their background, deserves a chance to get off the sidelines and lead a healthy and active life,” said Premier John Horgan. “Basketball and lacrosse were a huge part of my youth, instilling values that helped guide me down the right path. By removing financial barriers, more youth will be able to learn lifelong skills through sport.”
The Province’s $2.5-million investment over the next three years will allow Sport BC to expand programs, such as KidSport BC, aimed at increasing participation by children who are often under-represented in sport, including children from lower-income families, Indigenous children, children and youth with disabilities, girls and newcomers to Canada.
Established in 1993 by Sport BC, the KidSport program provides confidential financial assistance to help kids 18 years of age and younger to participate in sport.
This investment will allow KidSport BC to increase access to amateur and recreational sport programs and expand the type of sport activities currently supported, including Indigenous sport and programs in non-mainstream sports. This new program is expected to launch in fall 2019.
“KidSport has revolutionized my life,” said Katelynn Ramage, national racewalking champion and former KidSport BC recipient. “Growing up, it was a battle between getting food on the table and paying the rent. Participating in sport was never in the picture. KidSport not only gave me the opportunity to participate in sport, but it also opened up a world of possibility. Because of sport, I was able to attain a university degree, represent my country and gain self-confidence, build lifelong relationships and realize my resilience. KidSport has lit a path that continues to shine brightly not only in my athletic endeavours, but also in all dimensions of my life.”
Written and released by BC Government.