Jumpstart intake deadline is Nov. 1
Kids should be able to play any sport they want, regardless of the cost.
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Moose Jaw's Aline McCloy makes a bid during the silent auction to raise money for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program at the local Canadian Tire on Saturday, May 26, 2012.
“There’s a lot of sports that seem to increase every year, just with everybody’s costs going up,” said Nicole Walchuk, City of Moose Jaw recreation program supervisor. Walchuk said Canadian Tire Jumpstart is very beneficial for families in the community. Families of Canadian Tire companies launched the national charitable program in 2005 to “get kids off of the sidelines and into sports.”
“It helps a lot of families to get more kids active where they might not have the means to be active,” Walchuk said, “whether that may be (to cover) extra equipment that they just don’t have the funds for at home, or helping to pay off those registration fees.”
The program can also cover transportation costs.
The program is aimed at kids from ages four to 18, both males and females. Applicants can apply for multiple sports with a maximum of $300 per child per intake.
The deadline for the current intake is closing in. There are two intakes every year: Nov. 1 and May 15.
The City of Moose Jaw’s Parks and Recreations Department administers the Moose Jaw Jumpstart chapter on behalf of the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program.
Walchuk said there is no set limit to how many kids can be sponsored by Jumpstart, it’s all dependent on previous fundraising efforts.
“The Canadian Tire store here in town does lots of fundraisers throughout the year, and all those dollars do stay right here in Moose Jaw,” Walchuk said. “We try to fund as many kids as we can.”
Jumpstart doesn’t require public recognition for sponsoring individual athletes. Kids receiving Jumpstart money are just members of the team. They don’t wear special jerseys or stand out from their teammates.
“You don’t always notice, and that’s why Jumpstart is really good,” Walchuk said. “The kids aren’t labeled. Nobody knows who goes through Jumpstart funding.”
Austin M. Davis can be reached at 306-691-1258 or follow him on Twitter @theAustinX.