Local businesses and organizations continue to kick in for KidSport as the Trail chapter gets set for the spring sports season.
Last week it was AMEC’s electrical instrumentation division that hooked up with KidSport directors Aaron Burke and Betty Ann Marino, and donated almost $600 as a result of a staff fundraiser.
KidSport was a strong consensus amongst the employees on where to direct funds raised at a company-sponsored barbecue.
“I had some experience with them through the Trail Gymnastics Club because they actually help support some kids for us, so it made sense.” said E and I manager Trevor Markle. “People really stand behind KidSport, it’s such a good thing.”
With the upcoming spring and summer sports season just around the corner, it’s a great time for families to access KidSport funds, as parents get set to register their children for a variety of summer activities.
“It’s such a great cause and we’ve found people more than willing to step up, and we’ve been able to fund so far about 25 kids,” said Marino.
“And for kids that don’t have means otherwise, if they can get into sport, it makes a huge difference.”
For those families with financial barriers, KidSport will fund registration up to $200 per child to participate in any provincially recognized sport body.
An application is the only requirement and the process highly confidential throughout.
AMEC’s Glen Martin coaches pee-wee hockey and has seen first hand how the expense often limits a player’s ability to continue in the sport.
“The first time I heard of KidSport, I was coaching a pee wee hockey team here in town and one of the kids we wanted, his parents just couldn’t afford it, it broke my heart.”