Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

From the streets to the athletic field

New sports fund aimed at helping at-risk children

  • Print

Manitoba's first Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief, 10 months into his new job, outlined a new $500,000 program Friday aimed at getting more at-risk kids throughout the province involved in sports.

Chief, backed by Winnipeg's incoming police chief Devon Clunis and senior RCMP officers, said the program allows community centres and recreational organizations to apply for grants for facility upgrades, balls and pucks and even team uniforms.

The intent of the Sport Opportunities Fund is to get more children involved in organized sport so they don't get involved in crime.

"We have to make sure that young people have something positive to belong to," he said at an event at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre.

"If they don't have something positive to belong to, someone will seek them out to give them something negative to belong to."

The program is the result of a series of community meetings Chief hosted throughout the province, beginning last March.

Lawrence Mulhall, executive director of the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, said an added benefit of the program is it allows community groups to apply for funding to bring in coaches.

"Instead of bouncing basketballs, have somebody come in to work developing skills," he said.

Premier Greg Selinger gave Chief, the rookie MLA from Point Douglas in Winnipeg's North End, the new cabinet post last January.

The portfolio took over government initiatives in other departments aimed at keeping kids in school and steering them into job training and careers.

He said his department is also working on other projects, including one to get more at-risk young people into university and the new After School Matters mentorship program, to be run in partnership with the Winnipeg Jets charitable foundation.

Chief said both are part of his department's five-point plan to keep young people out of crime.

Other aspects of the plan include strengthening early-childhood education, preventing substance abuse and increasing police presence on the street.

He said while the province is dealing with a near $1-billion deficit in its last budget year, a decision was made to make $500,000 available because of feedback from the community meetings.

"We know this is going to help build healthier and safer communities," he said, adding the province hopes groups obtaining grants can leverage funding from other levels of government and the private sector.



How to play

the game


EFFECTIVE immediately, community-based sport and recreation organizations can apply for grants to increase sporting opportunities for at-risk youth:


-- Up to $10,000 for permanent equipment such as volleyball standards, goal frames and athletic field line-painters


-- Up to $2,500 for equipment with a shorter lifespan such as volleyballs, pucks and uniforms


-- Applications for grants under the Sports Opportunites Fund are at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 6, 2012 A11

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


The Whiteboard - Jets' successful forecheck

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
  • Perfect Day- Paul Buteux walks  his dog Cassie Tuesday on the Sagimay Trail in Assiniboine Forest enjoying a almost perfect  fall day in Winnipeg- Standup photo – September 27, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos


Are you OK with a tax hike if it means the city's roads will be better maintained?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google