Today marks the start of the fifth season for Goals for KidSport; a collaboration between SaskEnergy, the SaskEnergy Network Members, KidSport Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). The program raises funds in communities across the province to reduce the financial pressures some families face, so that all kids have the opportunity to participate in sports. For every home goal scored by an SJHL team (up to 1,000) during the regular season, $20 is donated to local KidSport Chapters.
Created in 2014, Goals for KidSport has raised more than $111,000 for KidSport chapters across the province, helping 560 Saskatchewan kids take part in local sports programs. This continues to build on SaskEnergy’s past support for KidSport through programs such as Catch for KidSport and the Saskatchewan Roughriders Charity Calendar. Over the last 20 years, these programs have collectively raised nearly $1.3 million, helping over 6,500 Saskatchewan kids.
“Participation in sports gives kids the opportunity to learn vital life skills such as teamwork and responsibility; it builds the confidence and character kids need for success now and in their future,” said the Honourable Gene Makowsky, on behalf of the Honourable Bronwyn Eyre Minister responsible for SaskEnergy. “This type of grassroots fundraising is the backbone of KidSport funding for families with financial obstacles.”
During each Goals for KidSport season, KidSport volunteers also host 11 SJHL game nights, where all funds raised stay in the community.
“The league is extremely proud to partner with SaskEnergy and its Network Members in raising funds and awareness for KidSport,” said Bill Chow, President of the SJHL. “This is another way our league gives back to the communities where we play.” In an added friendly competitive twist, SJHL teams enthusiastically compete each season for the KidSport Cup, awarded to the team that scores the most home goals.
Last year’s KidSport Cup Champion was the 2017-18 Humboldt Broncos, who sat on top of the league with 102 home goals when the 1000th goal was reached. The team will be forever remembered as champions of KidSport Saskatchewan.
“KidSport Saskatchewan would like to thank SaskEnegy for their partnership and commitment to kids,” said Jerry Shoemaker, Volunteer Chair of KidSport Saskatchewan. “Because of your continued support, we are able to get more kids off of the sidelines and into the game –strengthening our communities and building healthy, active leaders.”
Goals for KidSport is dedicated to helping KidSport in achieving its goal – making sure that ALL Kids Can Play!
For more information on Goals for KidSport, and to follow the 2018/19 season, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/GoalsforKidSportSK or go to http://www.saskenergy.com/community/SEintheCommunity/KidSport.asp