Gift of Sport

kids in sport

The materialism in children’s lives in Canada, for the most part, is excessive.  Too many kids take it for granted how fortunate they are:  having a car to be driven around in, a large home, modern technology, and opportunity to take part of various sporting activities. Although far too many children in our very own community do not have such luxuries.  In fact, the reality is that there are many children who go to school hungry each morning.

For those children that do have the basic necessities, many families do not have the disposable income to afford to have their children take part in sports.  This, to me, is so sad and unfortunate.  Sport and in turn, physical activity, not only benefit children physically – making them healthier now and in the future, but also provides numerous social, mental and emotional benefit.  Participating in sport builds confidence, and teaches other life skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, dedication, cooperation, focus, drive and goal setting.  It has the ability to change lives and unite people from all walks of life.

Anyone that has had the opportunity to participate in organized sport knows the benefit to our youth.  This is one of the reasons why I am so passionate about sport and fitness.  I believe that it is one of the greatest gifts one can give and receive.

Today I witnessed a young boy, 10 years of age, come to the Sport for Life Centre to make a donation to KidSport Manitoba.  Rather than receiving presents for his birthday, he asked his friends and family to make a donation to KidSport.  Along with his mother and siblings, he brought in all of this money raised and presented it to KidSport Manitoba.  KidSport Manitoba “believe(s) that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. KidSport provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.”

I was so impressed that in this time of kids having “everything” a young boy would be so generous and think of others less fortunate.  I applaud his parents, whom I can only assume either suggested this or supported this, for being role models for what it means to have a strong moral compass.  This child has been made aware that he doesn’t need another video game, toy or movie.  He knows how fortunate he is to have the opportunities to participate in the sports that he and his siblings do.

This young boy has inspired me and given me hope for future of our children.  I challenge all parents out there to follow suit of this family.  For the next birthday, special occasion, lemonade stand or garage sale, donate the proceeds to KidSport or another organization that needs our help more than we need another material good.