KidSport helps families

Every kid should be able to play organized sports in Ponoka.

Every kid should be able to play organized sports in Ponoka.

That is why Ponoka’s KidSport was established last year, says chairperson Jackie MacGregor.

The group will pay the registration fees up to $300 per child in a family to play an eligible organized sport. “We pay directly to the sports association.”

While that may not pay for the full fees for minor hockey, the grant will pay for most other teams and in some cases, two sports. One family approached MacGregor at registration night last week and was excited to learn their child could join curling and karate.

“This is why we do it,” stated MacGregor.

Money has been raised and now her hope is to help families who need assistance.

“We want to make sure no kid is left on the sidelines.”

There are already Ponoka families taking advantage of the program and the process is an easy one. Parents just need to send in a form and if they meet the criteria, a cheque gets sent to the organization directly from KidSport and kids can keep coming back until they are 18 years old.

“If a kid wants to play soccer, they should be able to,” she said.

MacGregor feels organized sports bring life skills to the player and is an important part of a child’s development.

Anyone looking for more information can check www.kidsport.ab.ca and click on the Ponoka chapter or contact an organized sports group in town.

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