More parents are turning to a local group to help their kids play sports.
KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides families a certain income to help their kids persue their dreams.
When KidSport Fort Saskatchewan started up in 1999, they had a budget of $1,500 for 15 kids. In 2016, they helped almost 100 kids with a budget of $28,000.
"We've been very successful in Fort Saskatchewan," said Janice Lupul, secretary of the KidSport Fort Saskatchewan board.
Almost two-thirds of the kids in the capital region who receive help are over the age of 12. Areas funded include: Fort Saskatchewan, Josephburg, Bruderheim, Lamont, Gibbons, Redwater and Ardrossan.
"We fund a wide variety of sports," added Lupul. "Basically, anything that offers qualified instruction to children is eligible for our funding."
Other than 2016, 2005 was their busiest year (helping 110 kids) and 2006 was next (107 kids). KidSport helps an average of 77 kids every year.
In total, the organization has donated over $240,000 to aspiring Fort athletes.
Fort Saskatchewan KidSport funds around 15 sports, with hockey and soccer equipment and registration fees in the highest demand.
More information can be found on the KidSport website.