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When Winnipeggers want to contribute to a cause, we do not hesitate to do so. We are very generous and always ready to step up to help others.
For the second time, Jared Sweity has organized a volleyball tournament in support of KidSport and he’s very impressed by the support of the community. On Feb. 8, approximately 40 players came out to the Valour Community Centre — Isaac Brock site to support an organization that believes all kids should experience the positive benefits of organized sports.
When all funds are totalled, Jared says he expects to have raised over 10 times more than he did last year — over $2,000. The funds raised will be used to remove the financial barriers which prevent some kids from participating in organized sport.
Jared is a personal trainer and contributes a portion of his sales to KidSport Winnipeg.
"I was a shy dude and didn’t play sports until junior high and high school," he says. "That is when my confidence really came out and I would like to pass that on to the next generation."
Physical activity is important when it comes to living a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. An early introduction to physical activity can help children maintain healthy habits throughout life. KidSport strives to give kids the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle despite the financial, physical, and language barriers that may exist.
In addition to physical benefits, playing a sport offers valuable life lessons, including those of leadership and dedication. There is a huge positive impact on self-confidence and it has been proven that children who are physically active on a regular basis perform better academically. Physical activity improves concentration and reduces stress.
Organized sports are fun and a great way for kids to meet other kids who have a common interest. Sports are beneficial to all who participate whether playing, coaching or volunteering.
All kids should have the opportunity to develop a love for a game and a bright, healthy future. Creating quality opportunities for the youth of today creates a stronger tomorrow.
To learn more about our local chapter of the KidSport program, visit kidsportcanada.ca/manitoba Christina Hiebert is a community correspondent for the West End. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
West End community correspondent
Christina Hiebert is a community correspondent for the West End.