The host committees for the 2013 & 2014 PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op and the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup are pledging $100,000 to help Saskatoon’s underprivileged youth participate in grassroots hockey programs.
The Championship Legacy Funding will support KidSport™ Saskatoon and Dream Brokers – two agencies that work together for the benefit of children facing financial obstacles to participating in community sports programs. KidSport provides grants to help offset registration fees and Dream Brokers helps ensure those children are supported in their sporting endeavours by helping with transportation, equipment, healthy meals, etc.
PotashCorp University Cup chair Grant Kook and MasterCard Memorial Cup co-chair Jack Brodsky made the announcement Friday during a media conference at Princess Alexandra School.
“This joint legacy will provide opportunities for more kids to participate in the great game of hockey,” says Brodsky, who co-chairs the May 16-26 Memorial Cup with Tim Gitzel. “In typical Saskatchewan style, our two host organizing committees are working together for the betterment of our community.”
While the Saskatoon Blades prepare to host the MasterCard Memorial Cup, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will host the PotashCorp University Cup from March 14-17, and again in 2014.
“The University Cup is pleased to lead an exciting year of great hockey championships hosted by Saskatoon in 2013,” says Kook. “We are equally excited to partner with our good friends on the Memorial Cup host committee to provide this joint legacy commitment to local kids and families and the game of hockey. We could not think of a better way to show the co-operative spirit of our committees, volunteers and corporate sponsors as we work towards common goals.”
Approximately 11,830 children and youth ages 5-14 in Saskatoon come from low-income families (2011 Census and Sask Trends Monitor). These children are restricted from accessing sports activities due to barriers such as registration fees, access to transportation, equipment requirements and nutritional needs.
For the current minor hockey season, KidSport Saskatoon has allocated approximately $99,000 to support the participation of 157 children.
“The benefits of participating in sport stay with kids throughout their lives,” says Shannon Hanson, chair of KidSport Saskatoon. “Unfortunately, many youth face barriers that prevent them from participating. This donation will help eliminate some of those obstacles and lead kids towards improved self-esteem and physical health. Sports also teach valuable lessons in team-building and goal-setting, and studies show that kids who participate in sport have better academic outcomes.”
Through the partnership with KidSport and Dream Brokers, the goal of the Championship Legacy Funding is to provide sustainable support for years to come.
For ticket packages to either hockey championship, visit www.ticketmaster.ca, or call 306-938-7800 or toll-free 1-800-970-SEAT.
For more information, contact:
Media Communications Director
2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup
Sports Information Director
University of Saskatchewan