For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with sports. I was raised by a single mother who did everything she could to help me realize my athletic dreams, despite having to work around the clock to raise my sisters and me. When I was old enough to enroll in the local community basketball program, I begged my mother to let me join it. I remember her taking me to the local recreation centre to sign up. What stuck out to me in this process was us having to fill out a few more forms than most of the other families. My mother explained to me that because we weren’t as well off as some of the other families, we had to get help from KidSport to pay the registration fees. Though I was young, I distinctly remember feeling grateful for an organization that gave kids like me the opportunity to play team sports. Through sports, I’ve been given invaluable gifts such as strong mentors, leadership skills, and lifelong friends. These gifts have been crucial in my life’s journey, enabling me to graduate from university and navigate a professional career at the City of Edmonton.  I still feel so much gratitude towards KidSport Edmonton to this day.