Monday, February 24, 2020

NBU chooses KidSport as charity of choice

The New Brunswick Union (NBU) has chosen KidSport New Brunswick as its charity of choice for the next three years.
KidSport NB is a not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under. Through a confidential application process it provides grants so young people can play a season of sport.
Nationally, KidSport is comprised of a network of 11 provincial/territorial KidSport chapters and 166 community KidSport chapters. Since its creation in 1993, over 825,000 kids across the country have been given the chance to play sport through KidSport grants and sport introduction programming.
President of the NBU Susie Proulx-Daigle said a big factor in the board of directors choosing KidSport NB was its impact on promoting healthy lifestyles in young people.
“When kids have the opportunity to participate in sport it helps on so many levels,” Proulx-Daigle said. “Not only are they adding physical activity, but in many cases they become part of a team which can promote greater self-esteem and teamwork, not to mention the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships.”
As part of the three-year agreement, the NBU will donate $12,000 per year – for a total of $36,000 – to KidSport NB. The first of three donations was made on Feb. 19, 2020.
“This new partnership with NBU is huge for us at KidSport NB,” said Cathlia Ward, communications and program coordinator for KidSport NB. “Every year we help approximately 400 kids in NB access a recreational activity, but we also turn away many deserving families across the province for lack of funding.
“All kids deserve the chance to be a part of a sporting community, where they can learn valuable life skills and gain confidence in themselves and our partnership with NBU is going to ensure we reach even more kids over the next three years.”
With the first donation, KidSport NB was able to provide funding to 17 families who it had been unable to help in January due to lack of funding.
“KidSport NB is a tremendous organization and we’re very proud that our donation is able to have a direct impact on families,” said Proulx-Daigle.