Every year, the Kitchener Sports Association (KSA) raises money through the sale of 50/50 tickets at Kitchener Rangers home games and the hosting of bingo sessions at the K-W Gaming Centre in Kitchener. KSA uses the money, approximately $150,000/ year recently, to support local minor athletes, sports groups and charities. Whether it be a capital project, travel grant, fee assistance, or special request, KSA is here to provide funding – over $2,500,000 in the past 22 years proves it!
Grants awarded by KSA in June 2016 include:
- $5,000 to Kids Ability (for special wheelchairs for youth basketball),
- $2,500 to the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame,
- $500 to Supreme Athletics (a KSA Athletic Excellence grant in support of Joey Daniels),
- $4,000 to the K-W International Children’s Games (in support of the 26 athletes travelling to Taiwan for the summer games in July).
KSA holds monthly dinner meetings — open to everyone — but is now on summer break so the next dinner is September 20. Have a great summer and, enjoy the games!
Stanley Park Optimist Ball
The Stanley Park Optimist Ball Program has received KSA grants for additional safety equipment (Infielders’ masks and safety bases) and fee-assistance over the past several years. KSA’s support helps ensure that everyone not only gets to play, but has the equipment to do so safely and can enjoy the experience. With momentum created by a kick-off grant from Healthy Kids, and additional donations from participants in the program, Stanley Park now has an inventory of baseball gloves to lend to those in need of such. The Stanley Park Ball photos are from the wrap-up tournament held Sat. June 25 at Wilson Park for all 54 participating teams, family and friends — a great end to a fantastic season!
For more information on the Kitchener Sports Association, visit www.kitchenersports.ca. For more information on the Optimist Club of Stanley Park, its ball program and other projects, visit www.stanleyparkoptimist.com.
Submitted by Kitchener Sports Association, team photos provided by Carrie Debrone, Kitchener Citizen