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KidSport receives $8 million to make activities for youth more accessible

On March 5, the Government of Alberta announced a commitment to providing $8 million to a program, KidSport, that helps make sports and recreational activities more accessible and affordable for youth in the province.

The funds will be allocated to KidSport Alberta through the Every Kid Can Play program, offering financial aid to families and organizations facilitating youth sports activities. Families can apply for grants of up to $350 to alleviate registration costs, while provincial and community-level non-profits are eligible for grants to enhance existing programs.

Alberta’s Minister of Tourism and Sport, Joseph Schow, highlighted the importance of affordable and accessible sport and recreation opportunities for children. He emphasized the developmental benefits of sports, including teamwork, confidence building, and fostering healthy lifestyles.

Kelly Oehlerking, executive director of KidSport Alberta, expressed gratitude for the funding, emphasizing the role that it will play in ensuring all children, regardless of financial circumstances, can participate in sports. The initiative has already supported more than 8,500 children, now with the potential to positively impact thousands more across the province.

Learn more about or donate to KidSport Alberta