KidSport launches in Ponoka

Ponoka children and youth who need financial help for organized sports can now turn to KidSport Ponoka. The community’s chapter of the national non-profit organization, which is dedicated to helping young people overcome sports’ financial barriers, officially launched last week.

Ponoka children and youth who need financial help for organized sports can now turn to KidSport Ponoka.

The community’s chapter of the national non-profit organization, which is dedicated to helping young people overcome sports’ financial barriers, officially launched last week.

KidSport has helped more than 55,000 children get involved in sports programs, distributing about $10 million since its start in 1995.

Efforts to start KidSport Ponoka began in October 2012 and the dedicated volunteers have been fundraising since. The money will now be returned in $300 grants per calendar year to qualifying kids and youth living within Ponoka’s school division boundaries.

Ponoka brings the total of the province’s KidSport chapters to 37. That includes Red Deer, Stettler, Sylvan Lake (which also serves Eckville and Benalto), Kneehill County (serving Three Hills) and Mountain View County (serving Olds and Sundre).

Grant application forms for any chapter are available online through the KidSport Alberta website www.kidsport.ab.ca.

Get more information on the Ponoka program by calling 403-704-5450.