KidSport Calls on Canadians to Give the Gift of Sport this Holiday Season

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KidSport™ has launched their eighth annual ™ fundraising campaign, calling on Canadians to donate online at . Over 30 percent of Canadian youth under the age of 18 cannot afford to play organized sport. With the support of the Government of Canada, corporate partners, and the generosity of donors across the country, KidSport’s annual campaign—running until January 6, 2020—aims to get more kids off the sidelines, into the game, and experience the gift of sport.

“Organized sport provides our children with so many benefits. We know it can help them be healthier, but it can also help them with things like their education and social development,” says Jamie Ferguson, Chair of KidSport. “In essence, sport can provide our children with a head start on life. At KidSport we believe every child deserves that chance. Please give to our Give the Gift of Sport campaign and help make more head starts happen.”

Since its creation in 1993, KidSport has disbursed $75M and helped over 825,000 kids from coast to coast receive grants and sport introduction programming.  “KidSport is the type of program that is committed to filling gaps and strengthening community through an investment in youth who would otherwise not be able to experience the power of play,” says 2010 Olympic gold medalist Jon Montgomery.  “This type of contribution to the Canadian landscape has a butterfly effect on our entire country for generations.  That's worth being a part of!”  . An average donation of $250 can provide one child a full season of sport—the type of gift that will last well beyond the holidays.  “KidSport is a program that truly makes a difference for youth across Canada who would not be able to gain the values of sport without its existence.” adds LPGA professional golfer Lorie Kane. “My experiences in sport have shaped who I am today and I often think where I would be if I didn’t have sport!”

Make your contribution today to at , where personal, corporate or tribute donations can be directed to any of KidSport’s 177 community chapters.  Learn more about KidSport and join the holiday conversation on Twitter and #GiftofSport, on , or online at .

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Globe Newswire: 14:00 GMT Tuesday 3rd December 2019

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