An Alberta non-profit recently got a massive boost in funding.
KidSport is an organisation that helps pay for children to play sports. There are 25 branches in northern Alberta, one of which is in Fort Saskatchewan.
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) recently announced a $2-million donation to the organisation to help grow the game of hockey. The donation will fund KidSport's Hockey Assist program, allowing qualified kids to have their full registration fees covered and access to equipment at no cost.
The money will be split between the different branches.
"It definitely is a big relief for us knowing that these funds will be available," said Janice Lupul, chairperson of KidSport Fort Saskatchewan.
The average cost of a minor hockey registration fee across Oil Country is $750 per season. KidSport Fort Saskatchewan can usually provide about $400 a child, so Lupul said being able to cover the entire cost will hopefully allow more kids a chance to play.
"For us to be able to give access to more kids to play our sport is amazing," said Pam Odynski with Fort Sask Minor Hockey.
While these funds will only apply to hockey registrations, KidSport does offer financial support for other sports.
You can apply here. Lupul recommends getting applications in sooner than later in case they don't have enough funds for every request.