Help­ing kids play sport

KidS­port Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge launched

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Su­per­heroes and vil­lains will be the theme for Sport P.E.I.’s first KidS­port Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Adam Lowther said the event is aimed at cre­at­ing laugh­ter and en­joy­ment for par­tic­i­pants.

The day will con­sist of eight sep­a­rate chal­lenges that will test both phys­i­cal and men­tal agility, with points be­ing awarded for the com­ple­tion of spe­cific tasks.

The team with the most points at the end of the com­pe­ti­tion will be crowned the win­ner. Each par­tic­i­pant is asked to dress up as their favourite su­per­hero or vil­lain, and prizes will be awarded through­out the day.

“We hope to cre­ate an event that is unique, fun and chal­leng­ing,” Lowther said. “Our aim is to make this an an­nual event, and when the teams leave, they will be look­ing for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing again next year.”

The chal­lenge will be held on Satur­day, Aug. 29, in Char­lot­te­town. It is lim­ited to 16 teams of eight and will raise funds for KidS­port P.E.I., a char­ity which helps chil­dren whose fam­i­lies face fi­nan­cial bar­ri­ers to par­tic­i­pate in or­ga­nized sports pro­grams.

Lowther said he is de­lighted with the re­sponse.

“The gen­eros­ity of the cor­po­rate com­mu­nity has been very spe­cial and we can’t stress how thank­ful we are for all of their sup­port,” he said.

“It is very clear that in a small province like P.E.I., sport has a great im­pact on peo­ple’s lives. We all re­al­ize the many ben­e­fits that our youth re­ceive from par­tic­i­pat­ing in sport and KidS­port P.E.I. is in place to en­sure that all our Is­land youth have that op­por­tu­nity.”

Since its in­cep­tion in 1997, re­quests for KidS­port grants have in­creased.

There has been $1.18 mil­lion dis­trib­uted to more than 6,500 Is­land chil­dren, to cover the cost of reg­is­tra­tion fees and/or equip­ment.

With this in­creas­ing de­mand, Sport P.E.I. iden­ti­fied more rev­enue was needed to en­sure no Is­land chil­dren were turned away.

Sport P.E.I. ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Gemma Koughan said it has won­der­ful donors, cor­po­rate sup­port­ers and re­ceives help from gov­ern­ment.

Team en­try is $850 and more in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.sport­pei.pe.ca or by call­ing Lowther at 902-368-4110. Spon­sor­ship pack­ages are also avail­able for those in­ter­ested.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The KidS­port P.E.I. Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge will take place Aug. 29 in Char­lot­te­town. From left are Sport P.E.I.’s Adam Lowther as Su­per­man and Subaru of Char­lot­te­town’s Greg Mor­ris and Dar­ren Noo­nan. Subaru has com­mit­ted to be a world cham­pion spon­sor of the event.

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