BGC Okanagan are amongst over 500 sport and recreation organizations nationally to be provided grant support through the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund.
The funding support provided by Canadian Tire Jumpstart will provide the West Kelowna community with a reduced rate, multi-sport program that invites kids to some specialized sports such as pickleball, tennis and golf. All equipment will be provided, or participants can bring their own. For more information on the programs click here.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on our middle years recreation stream of program as we move into almost year and half of the Provincial Health Officer restrictions. We have been unable to offer our regular number, and variety, of sport experiences to kids in the community we serve. Reduced programs and participant attendance has resulted in a negative financial impact on program revenue that is used to cover the expenses of these programs such as program supplies/equipment and staff hours.
Funding will be used to offer the program at a reduced rate, ensuring kids, who normally could not attend due to their families limited finances, the opportunity to participate. Breaking down barriers to participation in recreation and providing children opportunities to try new things and build skills and confidence for life allows us to meet our organizational vision, mission and values and make a positive impact in the communities we serve.
In 2021, Jumpstart has already disbursed over $9 million in funding to more than 800 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.
The golf and tennis/pickleball sports camps are for children ages 8 to 12, and run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday. Golf camp takes place July 7 to 28 and the racquet sport camp takes place Aug. 4 to 25. Registration is now open. Please click here for the registration form.