Good deed helps get kids into sports

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Shaun Muchowski donates money to Kid Sport

There are a lot of kids in the city of Moose Jaw that wouldn’t be able to play sports if it weren’t for Kid Sport.

Shaun Muchowski, left, presents Cory Olafson, chairman at the Moose Jaw Kid Sport with a cheque for over $2,000. Muchowski raised the money for the local organization through a golf marathon in August last year. Submitted photo

The program was brought to the city in March of 2013 and has since been able to cover the necessary costs of registration for those that need help.

The local organization gets some provincial funding as well as national marketing from Kid Sport, but one Moose Javian helped make a difference to many kids in the city just by playing golf.

“The idea has been done in the past, but I was laying in bed one morning and I wanted to do something that I can raise some money for something. I didn’t really have an idea of what I wanted to do for it yet,” explained Shaun Muchowski. “I figured a golf marathon would be fun. So, I asked my buddy if he wanted to do a golf marathon with me. We golfed from sun up to sun down and raised some money.”

Muchowski and his friend, Paul Lamontagne are members at the Lynbrook Golf Course. Their day of golf at the end of August last year helped raise over $2,000 for the local Kid Sport chapter.

“I was lucky enough to always play sports and always had the opportunity to play sports, so I thought it would be a good idea to help out kids that don’t have that opportunity,” Muchowski explained of his choice.

The duo had originally planned for the marathon to happen on June 21, the longest day of the year, but had to postpone that date due to inclement weather. They got through 117 holes during the marathon in August.

“We didn’t want to rush and speed golf because then that is not fun. We just played golf all day,” Muchowski said. “We wanted to do 150 holes, but we came up a little short.”

Muchowski got the donations mainly through family and friends and the power of a Facebook group. The Lynbrook also donated a cart for them to use during the day. The Lynbrook also set up a bucket in the clubhouse that people could donate.

“It was pretty good feeling,” Muchowski said of donating the money.

When Muchowski contacted Kid Sport chairman, Cory Olafson about a month after the golf marathon stating he had raised money for the organization, Olafson was blown away.

“It was humbling because he just went ahead and did it himself,” said Olafson. “He didn’t ask for any help from us as an organization. He took it upon himself to raise some money.”

In the nine months that Kid Sport has been in Moose Jaw, they have distributed around $25,000 in over 120 applications for local kids to play sports.

“I don’t think he knows how big it was. Our funding had gone dry for the year,” said Olafson. “Without his funding, we would have had to turn applications away last year. His $2,000 probably puts 20 kids into sports.”

Muchowski and Olafson are interested in turning this into an annual event as well.

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