These funds are the base for the program, which provides assistance for families to cover registration fees for recreation activities. Without this program, it is a very safe bet that many more local youth would be included in the one in three Canadian children that cannot afford the cost of playing organized sports.
Uxbridge’s Jumpstart chapter has been lauded as one of the shining examples of what the program can be, and the community is fortunate to have an event like the Gary Roberts tournament to provide funding for so many local kids to be active in hockey, soccer, gymnastics, or whatever other athletic pursuits capture the interest of youth in the area.
Beyond providing funding for kids. Jumpstart has started programs to include the entire family in maintaining an active lifestyle, which is a tremendous boost for the entire community. The healthier a community is, often times it can have trickle down effects, such as lower wait times at doctor’s offices and hospitals. It also means less time that local recreation facilities sit dormant, lessening the burden on the local taxpayers who fund those facilities.
The NHL stars and local contributors that take part in the tournament deserve thanks from the entire community for taking part in such a worthwhile endeavour in support of a great cause.
Not being able to afford luxuries like sports for your kids can be a tremendous burden on parents, and we’re very lucky that Jumpstart is there to offer the emotional boost when kids can get off the sidelines and get into the game.