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Athletics for Kids Financial Assistance (B.C.) Society

The Mission of A4K is to ensure all BC children, regardless of socioeconomic status, can participate in organized sport by providing families with financial assistance.

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We are a British Columbia- based charity that helps participat in sport by providing financial assistance for registration fees. Our unique granting model allows allows us to make a significant difference in our communities by supporting the positive development of children through sport.

Sport helps children establish a pattern of physical activity that continues on into adulthood, helping to build self-esteem, leadership skills and social skills. Kids need sports. And we need you.

 

THE SITUATION

More than 1/3 of Canadian children can’t participate in sports due to financial barriers. Twelve-year-old Jacob was one of those kids. He struggled socially and academically and was starting to get into trouble until he discovered his love of soccer. Jacob would have never gotten the chance to play without the support of Athletics for Kids. Now, Jacob contributes on and off the field, volunteering with his younger brother’s team, thriving in school and socializing with a new, close-knit group of friends. Soccer saved him.

All across BC, hundreds of children and youth are denied the opportunity to participate in amateur sports due to one simple fact: lack of funds. As a privately funded, BC-based charity, we are able to get dollars into the hands of those who need it most, quickly and effectively. We help families bear the expense of having their children participate in organized sports because we believe that all kids should have the chance to play.

 

WHO WE ARE

Athletics for Kids is a BC-based charity that helps children participate in sport by providing financial assistance for registration fees. Our vision is that all BC children have the opportunity to play sports and realize their full potential. Our mission is to ensure all BC children, regardless of socioeconomic status, can participate in organized sport by providing families with financial assistance.

In our efforts to help more kids participate in sport, we connect passionate donors, volunteers, partners, families and sport organizations to reduce financial barriers so children have the opportunity to play. By supporting the positive development of children through sport, we make a significant difference in BC communities.

Athletics for Kids is a small, nimble organization with tremendous impact. With the backing and support of a strong board of directors and over 50 regular volunteers, A4K provides the support these children and families need.

 

OUR HUMBLE BEGINS 

In 2002, four North Shore-based businessmen saw a need to give every child the chance to participate in sport. They took it upon themselves to make a difference in their community, and Athletics for Kids was established and federally registered as a charity. Since then, Athletics for Kids continues to grow and now operates all across the Province of BC. 

 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

We Support the Positive Development of Children Through Sport!!

First and foremost, Athletics for Kids helps children participate in sport by providing financial assistance for registration fees. We have a unique granting model that allows multi-year and multi-sport funding. Children across BC, ages 5 to 18 who are currently enrolled in school can receive support. Basic registration fees are paid for a multitude of approved sports, up to an annual maximum of $600 per child.

 

THE IMPACT

Children Benefit from Sport. It’s a Fact.

The benefits of sport go beyond physical activity. They instill confidence, teach teamwork, build self-esteem, encourage leadership, dedication, commitment, work ethic, perseverance, respect and social skills. These are all vital skills to creating a contributing member of society. And sport can be the start of it all.

Keeps children and youth active and healthy

Regular participation in physical activity during childhood and adolescence can help build a healthy body, control weight, lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

Reduces health risk behaviours

Young athletes are more likely than non-athletes to eat healthily and weigh less, and less likely to smoke cigarettes, use drugs, engage in sexual activity, or be bored or hopeless. 

Fosters positive youth development

Sport contributes positively to adolescent identity formation, a critical step in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Sport also facilitates friendships and positive social relations. 

Enhances academic achievement

Sport and physical education can help improve young people’s school attendance, behaviour, and academic achievement. 

Teaches positive values and life skills

Sport offers young people a means to gain and enhance a range of life skills that can improve their chances of finding employment, raise their level of income, and make them more optimistic and willing to volunteer. 

Prevents youth crime and gang involvement

Youth who participate in sport are less likely to engage in delinquent behaviour and have lower rates of criminal arrest.

Athletics for Kids recognizes the importance of sport and is committed to make it available to all who want to participate. It makes a difference in the lives of families and children.

 

OUR NEED

In order to do our work and provide financial support for our goal of 1,000 grants each year to help kids reach their full potential, we need to raise $450,000 annually. This funding will support families and communities, and allow more children to participate in sport. We want to make an even greater impact, but we need the help to do it.

We engage investments from businesses, individuals, foundations and municipal governments, and leverage these financial investments with the expertise of our staff, volunteers and our working board of directors to make an even greater impact in the lives of BC children. We also host three major fundraising events each year and take part in a number of third-party events.