In February, Canadian Tire Corporation announced an additional $12 million commitment to Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund to help sport and recreation organizations build back sport and play in Canada.
Jumpstart conducted a State of Sport study via Ipsos which revealed the pandemic has not only impacted current access to sport and play but has real long-term effects as well. Hollyburn Society and the communities it serves have experienced the impact of the pandemic first-hand.
We recently received confirmation that we will be provided with grant support through the last round of Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund. In 2021, Jumpstart has now disbursed funding to more than 1,200 organizations across Canada through Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund. We are beyond grateful to receive this news and know the positive impact it will have on sport and recreation organizations, and ultimately, on kids across the country.
With Jumpstart’s support, we’ll be able to continue to fund Hollyburn Hockey Heroes. A program that helps to keep youth engaged in school by providing a weekly opportunity to play hockey. The program is offered to youth aged 14 to 18 who are otherwise unable to play hockey because of financial or social barriers. They are given equipment that they can keep after graduation, which allows them to continue to play on adult leagues. Mentors play alongside the youth, ensuring positive interactions and connections.
We are thankful to Canadian Tire and Jumpstart for the support!