Tomorrow morning I’ll be out at the Vancouver Art Gallery taking part in the KidSport Media Challenge. We’ll squaring off in teams and engaging in some friendly athletic competitions to raise awareness about KidSport and their “Sports Skills Are Life Skills” campaign.
To kick-off the campaign, local members of the media will put their life skills to the test in a unique competition to see who will be crowned the KidSport â€œlife skillsâ€ champions. Four media teams will compete in total, including media personalities from TSN, The Shore 104, Global TV, Team 1040, CTV, 99.3 The Fox, 24 Hours, CBC, The Beat 94.5 FM and social media experts Miss604.com and Steve Jagger
KidSport is an organization that helps financially disadvantaged children participate in sports across the province. “We believe that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. KidSportâ„¢ provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.”
Personally, I would have never turned out the way I did without the team-building, athletics, and leadership skills I nurtured and obtained while playing sports as a child. I started with volleyball in grade six and by the time I graduated high school, I was playing five sports a year. Having the opportunity to play these sports, learn the discipline they required, and just belonging to a community (especially during those tough Junior High years) is something I will forever cherish.
Even though my dedication to athletics involved 10km runs at 6am before heading to my grade nine classes, getting mud in my ear at rugby tournaments, or tripping into second base like I did in last night’s slo-pitch game, it was all very worth it.
You can follow KidSport on Twitter @kidsport, and feel free to stop by the Vancouver Art Gallery in the morning to support the campaign’s launch (and to see in which ridiculous activities I may have to partake). I’m on a team with Steve Jagger, Shane Gibson, and we’ve also recruited Megan Cole.
Also, in the spirit of this campaign, KidSport and Miss604 would like to hear about how sport has positively impacted your life – or your kids’ lives. Please share you own personal story in the comments section and we’ll choose one lucky winner who will receive a $250 gift card to Boston Pizza. The winner will be announced at 4:00pm on Monday July 27th.
Update: Here are some photos from the KidSport Media Challenge this morning (and some video from Raul) – thanks to my teammates for coming out and supporting the cause!
Update July 27, 2009 I have just drawn the winner and it is Roller Derby!