KidSport British Columbia
The KidSport concept was launched in 1993 by board and staff at Sport BC as a way to help address the challenges faced by many families when registering their children in organized sport. From a modest start in that first year, issuing $35,000 in grants, KidSport has grown exponentially across the country and has become a truly national entity with 11 provincial/territorial chapters and over 180 community based chapters.
From humble beginnings here in BC, KidSport issued $1.95 million in grants to 7300 kids in 2017 and has seen significant annual growth, particularly in the years subsequent to the 2010 Winter and Paralympic Games in Vancouver.
Our mission remains the same….to remove the financial barriers that prevent some children from playing organized sport!
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience the joys of a season of sport. Abundant research exists that proves sport participation enhances academic performance, improves health and develops valuable life skills in the areas of teamwork, socialization, goal setting and time management.
KidSport believes that it truly takes a village to raise a child and our 42 community chapters are driven by incredibly passionate volunteers who, together with sport clubs in their communities, have a shared ownership in ensuring that no child is left on the sidelines.
If you want to apply for a KidSport grant or learn more about the program details, start by finding your closest chapter. If your community doesn’t yet have a local chapter, your grant will come through the Provincial Fund.