You Are Changing Lives!
I am constantly amazed by what the Jumpstart community can accomplish. Over the past few months your support has built playgrounds, helped families facing financial challenges access recreational programs, and given kids of all abilities the opportunity to get off the sidelines and into the game.Highlighted in this edition of the Jumpstart Newsletter are just a few examples of impact your generosity is making possible.Thank you, for all you do for Jumpstart and kids across Canada. It's thanks to our strong community of supporters like you that we are able to help change the lives of so many kids.If you have any comments or suggestions about this Newsletter, or stories of your own to share, don't hesitate to let me know. I can't wait to hear from you!
"The skating program was our first time skating. We really liked skating as it was super fun and challenging and we learned lots of new skills! We hope we get to do it again next year! Please and thank you!!"
- Jumpstart Program Participants
Thank You for Making Para Sport Programs Possible Across Canada!
Thank you for believing every kid in Canada, no matter their abilities, deserves the opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their community. Because of you, Jumpstart is able to fund 40 grassroots, community-based Para Sport Programs across the country. That means more opportunities for kids of all abilities to be active, make friends and develop confidence. You're helping these community initiatives purchase accessible equipment, hire and train staff to coach and mentor kids of all abilities, and develop additional programming.
You're Getting More Kids into Hockey through Community Partner Grants
Your contributions make it possible for Jumpstart to partner with community-based initiatives throughout the country. These programs understand and serve their communities by providing services and outreach that meet kids’ unique needs. Providing community program grants is one of the most efficient ways for your support to reach more kids.
Just one of the over 90 community partner programs you are helping to make possible this year is Top Corner Hockey in Saint John, New Brunswick.
The kids who come to Top Corner Hockey often face significant challenges. Many are in protective foster care, and almost all come from homes considered financially at- risk.
Your generosity helps Top Corner Hockey purchase equipment, secure ice time and provide travel to games and practices.
You're Getting More Kids into Hockey through Community Partner Grants You are giving Top Corner Hockey’s young athletes a safe, stable, confidence-building experience and setting them up for a lifetime of sport and play. In fact, many Saint John kids are now playing minor hockey on a Top Corner Sponsorship thanks to you!
“Thanks to Jumpstart, my children have been able to participate in many sports such as hockey, swimming and therapeutic recreation which we would otherwise not be able to afford.” - Mother of a 7-year-old boy with autism
Battle of the Blades Contestants Compete in Support of Jumpstart
Battle of the Blades has returned to CBC, pairing professional hockey players with Olympic and world-level figure skaters in an epic figure skating competition.
This year, former NHL player and Jumpstart Partner Sheldon Kennedy will be competing with Olympic ice dancer Kaitlyn Weaver. They are the only pair who are both skating in support of the same charity - Jumpstart!
If Sheldon and Kaitlyn emerge as the final champions on October 31, Jumpstart will receive a donation of $100,000!
Calista's Jumpstart Story: Just Girls Running Club
The Just Girls Running Club in Kingston, Ontario is 100% funded by your support.
Created in 2016, it helps keep girls in sport through their pre-teen years. Research shows that by age 14 girls are dropping out of sports at a significantly higher rate than boys.
Just Girls is open to anyone aged 10 to 13 who identifies as female. The majority of participants join the program through the Boys and Girls Club, which serves children facing financial instability, mental health concerns and other challenges. The club runs eight-week sessions every fall, winter and spring, and helps girls develop a lot more than just their endurance!
Just one example is Calista, who was quiet and reserved when she joined Just Girls. Slowly, as she trained and became more comfortable with her fellow runners she began to come out of her shell. Soon, she was seen as a leader in the group, helping to develop warm ups, plan routes and cheer on her friends.
Calista says she found a real passion for running during her session - but she also learned that she can be a role model. Two skills that will help Calista go the distance!
"I like playing sports and being active at the Club, because I can play with my friends, learn new skills, and have fun! My favourite sport is floor hockey. I had never played before, but I’m really good at scoring goals now."- Jett, age 9
Our Community Makes It Happen: Asher's Birthday
Asher’s eighth birthday was approaching and his mom, Allison, wanted to do something different this year. Asher was getting older and could now understand what helping others felt like. She had heard of toonie birthdays before – every child brings a toonie for charity instead of a gift. She loved the low barrier to entry.
Most important for Allison was for Asher to pick the charity himself. He loves sports. He and his sister have done everything from rock wall climbing to triathlons, so together they began looking at ways Asher could help other children participate.
Alison and her husband both believe that through sports kids are given the chance to build community, learn to work as a team and develop the internal motivation to push themselves - overall helping them to become well-rounded individuals. Since her son Asher had just finished a season of soccer and loved it so much, he wanted to make sure another child could play soccer too. Which is why they family chose to donate to Jumpstart. “We saw what Asher’s birthday money could support and it was something he could understand. Plus, his father’s family had immigrated to Canada. He had seen how hard they worked to provide him with opportunities. It meant a lot to us as a family that other children have those same opportunities.”
Asher collected his birthday donations at his party and made his donation afterwards. “It was a big deal for him! He wants to continue helping other kids,” Allison shared.
Jumpstart is so fortunate to have Asher’s support, and yours!