When my daughter was much younger, she loved to dance … so when she was old enough, we signed her up for dance classes. She loved them, she was always excited about showing us what she had learned in class and putting on little “dance recitals” for us. These classes gave her confidence in herself, they taught her that even if you don’t excel at something, it is the fun in doing it that matters! Although she stopped taking dance classes long ago, they were the stepping stone to other sports that have taught her many things throughout the years. We were fortunate that we could give her the opportunity to participate in different sports, where she learned valuable lessons in sportsmanship and teamwork, as well as making friends along the way. She also learned to persevere; if at first you don’t succeed, you practice – an invaluable lesson! As a teen, she doesn’t ‘do’ sports so much now, she still enjoys swimming in the summer with friends and skiing in the winter, but the lessons she learned through sports will be with her forever.
Sadly, not every one is as fortunate as we are; one in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their children in sport or recreation activities. This is where Canadian Tire Jumpstart comes in.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation. Jumpstart helps cover registration fees, equipment and/or transportation costs.
Since the inception in 2005, Canadian Tire Jumpstart has given more than 581,177 kids across Canada the chance to play. Canadian Tire Jumpstart is dedicated to removing financial barriers, so children can participate in organized sport and recreation.
How can you support Canadian Tire Jumpstart?
- Make a donation.
- Host your own event in support of Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
- Support a fundraising event for Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
- Visit one of our partners: any Canadian Tire, Gas+, Mark’s, Sport Chek , Atmosphere or Pita Pit location and get your own Jumpstart Red Ball for a $2 donation.
- Visit your local Canadian Tire on Jumpstart Day , May 25th.
- ‘Like’ the Pita Pit Facebook page during May, and Pita Pit will donate $1 for every like they get to the page.
- Visit Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesdays in May, and donate 10% of your bill to Jumpstart
100% of customer donations go directly to help kids in financial need participate in organized sport and recreation.
The Canadian Tire Corporation funds all the general and administrative expenses as well as the program delivery costs of the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.
Join us! Thursday May 23rd for the #JumpstartDay Twitter party from 9pm-10pm, great prizes and a celebrity guest! Don’t forget to follow your host @CTJumpstart and your moderators: @Nugglemama @Tarasview @Shasherlife @RossanaWyatt.
Prizes are available to Canadian Residents Only, but all are welcome to the party. RSVP below to be eligible for prizes. We’ll be chatting about sports, getting kids participating in activities and chatting with a celebrity guest!
Follow the party on our custom Tweetgrid here.
RSVP : Make sure to enter your Twitter Handle “@yourTwitterhandle” in the Link/Blog Title field, and Twitter URL “www.twitter.com/yourtwitterhandle” in the url Field*