SaskEnergy, KidSport Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) are celebrating their tenth year working together to make playing sports more accessible to young athletes.
“Goals for KidSport is an important initiative for SaskEnergy that not only achieves its commitment to supporting children and youth, it also highlights the Corporation’s role as the Champion of Volunteers,” said Dustin Duncan, Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy. “In this key collaboration with SJHL and KidSport Saskatchewan, SaskEnergy has the opportunity to contribute to vibrant and active communities throughout the province.”
The Goals for KidSport program has raised more than $230,000 and has supported more than 1,100 youth athletes across the province since its inception in 2013. Through the program, SaskEnergy donates $20 to KidSport for every home goal scored during the SJHL season, up to 1,000 goals. SaskEnergy also takes the opportunity to celebrate the many volunteers who support the SJHL and KidSport through the Volunteer Champion Award, which is presented to deserving individuals in each SJHL community.
“We’re excited to celebrate the tenth year of this wonderful partnership that helps so many kids across our province,” said Jerry Shoemaker, Provincial KidSport Committee Chair. “By giving kids an opportunity to participate in sports we know they are given the chance to learn, gain confidence and develop valuable skills they will use forever while making some great friends along the way.” KidSport uses the funding in its mission to provide grants to help cover the costs of sport registration fees so that all kids aged 5-18 years in Saskatchewan can play a season of sport.
This year’s Goals for KidSport program features 11 SJHL Game Nights that will include intermission activities to get the crowd involved.
“We are so excited to enter the tenth year working with KidSport and SaskEnergy this season” said Jacob Faith, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Director of Marketing and Partnerships. “Through the Goals for KidSport program, the SJHL is able to give back to grassroots hockey, and help grow the next generation of SJHL players. We are looking forward to another 1000-plus goals scored in home arenas, leading to another $20,000 for KidSport this SJHL season.”
All funding raised during the Game Nights will stay in the home team’s community.
The Game Nights begin on September 29, 2023 and conclude at the end of February 2024:
• Sept. 29 – Melfort Mustangs
• Oct. 14 – La Ronge Ice Wolves
• Oct. 26 – Weyburn Red Wings
• Oct. 27 – Estevan Bruins
• Nov. 4 – Kindersley Klippers
• Nov. 7 – Nipawin Hawks
• Nov. 24 – Battleford North Stars
• Dec. 5 – Humboldt Broncos
• Jan. 6 – Melville Millionaires
• Feb. 9 – Notre Dame Hounds
• Feb. 28 – Yorkton Terriers