KidSport puts the fun in sports

KidSport Alberta’s signature outreach event, Energy to Play, hits Ponoka May 21.

KidSport Alberta’s signature outreach event, Energy to Play, hits Ponoka May 21. More than 50 grades 1 to 3 students from Mecca Glen and Crestomere Schools had the opportunity to participate in a full day of physical activity programming led by Sportball coaches at the Ponoka Recreation and Culture Complex. Ponoka is one of six communities in Alberta playing host to the event, supported by Encana.

The event is also a way to promote the recent launch of the new KidSport chapter in Ponoka. Run by local volunteers, KidSport Ponoka raises funds to provide grants to kids who otherwise would not have the financial means to participate in organized sport. Ponoka is the most recent addition to the growing list of communities with its own local chapter as one of 36 across Alberta. For information on how to donate, apply or volunteer please call 403-704-5450 or email

About Energy to Play

This one-day event is geared toward grades 2 and 3 students and focuses on the on the FUNdamentals of the long term athlete development model and the proper nutrition young athletes require in order to participate in physical activity all day long. The focus of this model is on fun and the development of physical literacy, which is important in many aspects of life — not only sport.

Energy to Play was created as a vehicle to promote KidSport’s mission in schools and in the community in hopes that no child is left on the sidelines and all have the opportunity to participate in organized sport programs. Since the launch of the program in 2009, more than 800 kids from 15 different schools across Alberta have participated in the event.

About KidSport Alberta

KidSport is making a difference in the lives of children across Alberta. The KidSport mission is a simple one — to remove the barriers that prevent some young people from participating in sport. KidSport believes that success is measured by the number of sport opportunities created for children. Since 1995, KidSport chapters across Alberta have distributed more than $10 million to help more than 55,000 kids participate in sport programs in their community.

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