Money will allow more than 12 kids to participate in sports, says Bilsky
An initiative between Shaw and the Whitehorse Recreational Hockey League will pay dividends for young families needing help to get their kids in sports.
Through Dollars for Goals, Shaw agreed to donate $20 per goal scored by the Shaw Direct Raiders this season to Sport Yukons’ Kids Recreation Fund.
The Kids Recreation Fund helps kids play sports by providing financial assistance to families to help pay for registration and equipment fees.
The fund began in 1999 and was supported by grassroots fundraisers like cookie dough sales, said Sport Yukon executive director Tracey Bilsky.
The next year the Yukon government got involved and has been supporting the program since.
Since its inception, the fund has been given to more than 6,000 kids across the territory.
Last year, Bilsky said that more than 500 families received financial help through the Kids Recreation Fund.
“The need seems to be growing every single year,” she said.
Last season, the Raiders scored 172 goals, raising $3,440 for the Kids Recreation Fund. Shaw donated an addition $1,560 to the fund for a round $5,000 donation.
“Sport Yukon would like to thank Shaw Communications for this generous donation and the Shaw Direct recreational hockey team for scoring so many goals,” said Bilsky in a news release this week.
The Dollars for Goals donation should enable more than a dozen children to play in sports, who might not otherwise get the chance, she said.
Families with a low income can apply for the fund at Sport Yukon. Up to $400 per child per year is available.