Address: 1317 7th Avenue, Invermere, BC
One-in-three Canadian families cannot afford to enrol their children in organized sports and/or physical activities (Vision Critical, 2011) which means that many are missing out on the benefits that come with organized play. The Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program is a nationally registered charity dedicated to removing financial barriers so children across Canada have the opportunity to get off the sidelines and into the games. Whether it’s the chance to try a sport for the very first time or to continue with a favourite physical activity, Jumpstart makes it possible for all children to participate. Jumpstart equips children for life because quality physical activity does more than improve health and wellbeing, it helps build confidence, leadership, productivity and creativity for the future. Jumpstart helps those aged 4-18 by assisting with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation for sports and physical activity programming. Jumpstart’s unique charity model involves working with an extensive network of 330 local Jumpstart Chapters in communities across Canada, whose members are volunteers and community leaders committed to helping get children active and healthy. These Chapters work collectively with over 3,100 country-wide Jumpstart Community Partners, such as: the local Municipal Parks and Recreation Departments, the local Boys and Girls Clubs and the YMCA/YWCA. The Chapters help willing participants submit applications for Jumpstart funding, as well as, identify those from financially disadvantaged families who would benefit from participating in sports and physical activity programming. These Chapters and community partners play a key role in Jumpstart’s success, ensuring funds are directed to those who need it most. Applications for assistance can typically be submitted each year from January 15th to November 1st (dates may vary depending on the Chapter). The two main goals of funding applicants are: to ensure equitable distribution of funding for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter activities; and to focus on maximizing the cost and length of participation per activity per child. For more information on how to apply call 1-877-616-6600 and an operator will assist in connecting you with a representative of a local Jumpstart Chapter in your area who will guide you through the application process. All information received is kept confidential.