October 16th, 2018

KidSport welcomes equipment donations

By Mabell, Dave on June 13, 2018.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


This year’s Alberta Summer Games will be held next month in Grande Prairie. The “Road to the Games” starts in Lethbridge.

But not every child has access to the equipment they need to help create interest in exercise and sports. So KidSport Lethbridge has teamed with Rosenau Transport and the Alberta Sport Connection to help meet that need.

They’re offering a barbecue lunch in the Centre Village Mall parking area on Saturday and inviting southern Albertans to donate “gently used” or new sports equipment. Calgary-based Comrie’s Sport Equipment Bank will clean, safety check and then offer the equipment to children across Alberta who won’t otherwise have an opportunity to participate.

The event, outside the new Save-on-Foods store, will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and organizers hope to fill a 53-foot highway trailer. Cash donations are also welcome.

KidSport’s local representative Genny Hunter-Barr says the program allows boys and girls “to get off the sidelines and into the game.”

Looking ahead to the summer games, she says the project will move on to Calgary, Edmonton and then to Grande Prairie week by week, ahead of the July 19-22 competitions there.

As well as promoting the Alberta Summer Games’ focus of physical fitness through sports, she says “Road to the Games” events will “share the message that all kids should have the chance to experience the lifelong benefits of playing sports.”

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