KidSport – Sports Skills Are Life Skills Contest

Comments 16 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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 “life skills” 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 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!

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Update July 27, 2009 I have just drawn the winner and it is Roller Derby!

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  1. KidSport Media Launch « KidSport BlogTuesday, July 21st, 2009 — 12:09pm PDT

    […] Miss 604 to find out how you can win a $250 Boston Pizza gift card. All you have to do is comment here about your own personal sports story! The winner will be announced at 12:00pm on Monday July […]

  2. JennTuesday, July 21st, 2009 — 12:25pm PDT

    basketball and my basketball team changed my life.

    I suffered from depression due to family issues at home when I was in gr. 8. I always loved basketball but treated it as a hobby and a downtime playground game until I entered high school. When I entered into high school, my basketball coach turned my life around. There were 10 girls on our team. 8 of them have been playing basketball with each other since gr. 4 thanks to our coach. Another girl joined when she was in gr. 6 and I joined when I was in gr. 9.

    We practiced hard. During those four years in high school, we had practice at least once (many days, twice) a day, 5 times a week, 10 months a year. Each practice last at least 2 hours with many around 3 or 3.5 hours. On top of that, we had league games and tournaments at least three a week during season and two tournament a month during off seasons. Our hard work paid off. We won numerous tournaments, games and got ourselves the title of provincial champion during one of the years. At our peak, we won 40 games in a row, winning every single game that season.

    Our coach was also big on us doing well in school, if we don’t do well we don’t play. We would stay in during lunch to study ahead so we can play basketball. We had the highest GPA out of all the teams in our high school with almost every single one of us getting straight As.

    We learned discipline, teamwork, leadership, respect, love, perseverance, goal setting, and so much more. Most importantly, I gained lifetime friends who are now my sisters. Thanks to basketball, my team and my coach, I was able to turn my life around, fight through my depression and do well not just in school but in life.

  3. Anita TTuesday, July 21st, 2009 — 2:42pm PDT

    I used to be stuck at home sitting on my sofa and watching TV. My weight kept on increasing and this in turn created stress which affected my emotional health as well.

    One day, I realized that I can no longer let my bad habits get into my way. So, I started doing regular exercise every day and playing outdoor tennis once a week. After few weeks, I started to see the positive differences on both my phyiscal as well as mental conditions. I am very happy with the changes I made for myself and I will continue to do exercises and sports from now on. 🙂

  4. megsjargon » Blog Archive » Social Media KidSport Team – Takin’ Down Those Mainstream Media Types!Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 — 4:37pm PDT

    […] say hello and watch us be fools and get beaten by smarter, more agile and athletic kids! Check out Rebecca’s post on the contest they are running as well. This is a great cause. As a kid, I was raised playing every sport under […]

  5. JinvanTuesday, July 21st, 2009 — 5:07pm PDT

    Sports of various types have influenced my life since the beginning. As a child, I was actively involved in karate, swimming, horseback riding and track and field. This gave me the opportunity to keep active and also meet friends who had similar positive interests. As an adult, I still involve sports (although different ones) in my life. I did continue to pursue horseback riding for many years, but after a serious injury I changed focus (I still watch jumping, but choose not to ride anymore). During the summer months, I enjoy swimming, yoga, bike riding and jogging. During the winter, I love to ski, snowshoe and figure skate! I find as an adult, sports still provide me with an opportunity to meet new people, spend time with friends and keep fit, along with relieving stress from the day to day life!

  6. Roller DerbyTuesday, July 21st, 2009 — 7:36pm PDT

    Roller Derby has changed my life. I work hard, using muscles I never knew I had before!! I’m stronger, more confident and feel great about myself! Being part of a team with up to 20 women who look out for each other- on and off the track- has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The team work and bonds are strong. And the friendships I have made are with some of the most amazing, strong, committed women I have ever met!
    For the love of the Game
    For the love of the Glory
    Roller Derby
    Reach out and Whip someone

  7. Mom604Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 — 9:37pm PDT

    Roller skating at the Stardust, Guildford every Friday (or was it Saturday) night back in the late sixties. We were the cool kids with our own skates with pompoms and skated backwards in the middle of the rink. The only problem was that it was in the middle of the mall, in the open air, and our parents would stop by to watch a bit while doing their shopping and we would pretend not to hear them as they shouted out their “hello”s to us (how embarrassing!)

  8. SapienceTuesday, July 21st, 2009 — 10:35pm PDT

    A really story of a champion. It was bright morning when Mr. Shah was sipping his coffee with news headlines, a bump and a crash and a tennis ball was lying near his feet. A window glass had collapsed and their was a noise on the door, controlling his temper he opened the front gate and there stood a 12 year oldie asking for his ball, annoyed as he was he slapped the boy on his face and the boy asked him to hit one more as he was sure that even the next shot will also be a glass breaker, the same confidence made this boy a champion playing for his country in the world championship 10 years later.

  9. DomMonday, July 27th, 2009 — 11:21am PDT

    For me, it was soccer. I was 9 years old and already loved the sport but my home town (in Ireland) started a competition, the “Mini World Cup”. Basically, they pulled names (from every school in the town) out of a hat and gave each team a country’s name. We were Egypt and I didn’t know anyone else on the team, they were all from different schools. I’ll never forget the following 3 weeks, we all just gelled and won the competition, beating the Czech 3-1 on the final, to lift the U-10 trophy! Ha! 🙂

  10. Leesa BarnesMonday, July 27th, 2009 — 11:29am PDT

    I played basketball all my life and learned many lessons along the way. However, I want to share a story from my days as a basketball official.

    I was assigned to referee a children’s basketball game in a competitive league. The boys were 7 or 8 years old and man, they were good at the game. Officiating kids in that age bracket can be a challenge because they have special rules that are not in the official rule book. I had to remember the official rules, plus the special ones to ensure that the kids could play a seamless game.

    One of the players on one of the teams was really good. Like, I was looking at the next Steve Nash and the boy was only 8. Cute as a button, but a fierce player.

    Just before the half, the really good player was dribbling the ball up the court then got knocked in the nose by the defender who was covering him (another 8 year old). It wasn’t a foul, so I held my whistle. Well, the little boy, the really fierce, competitive player who was only 8 years old, stopped dribbling, started crying, then ran off the court into his mommy’s arms with the basketball still in his hands.

    I finally blew my whistle. The call that I eventually made was traveling, but at that moment, I was completely in shock. I looked at my partner on the court (the other official) and he just shrugged his shoulders, not knowing how to advise me. So, I walked over to the sobbing boy who was crumbled in his mommy’s arms and asked if he were okay. After affirming he was, I asked him if I could have the ball back. He nodded yes. In that time, my partner asked for a sub and I was able to put the ball back into play.

    While we’re taught as official not to compromise and to always follow the rule book, I learned that day that sometimes referees have to be lead with compassion. And no, I don’t think that kid became the next Steve Nash 😉

  11. Sea__BreezeMonday, July 27th, 2009 — 11:29am PDT

    I coach for, which means I get to see the impact that sports education and exposure can have on kids on a regular basis. I love to reinforce with them that there is no “can’t” just “I need some help” or “I’m struggling with…” when we are mastering new skills. My favorite skill to teach is headers in soccer because they are always so amazed and impressed with themselves when they are able to overcome the initial fear that it is going to hurt. Over 8 weeks you see the kids come out of their shell, learn positive reinforcement, teamwork, and that things may be hard, but its worth it in the end. It’s my favorite job of all time.

  12. Victor TangMonday, July 27th, 2009 — 11:41am PDT

    wushu (chinese martial arts) and volleyball both changed my life. i use to be very uncoordinated and unathletic, but after i fell in love with both sports about 6 years ago, i now practice both in recreation at least twice a week. in addition, i’ve previously coached volleyball at different high school levels, so i’ve been able to see first hand the positive impact that team sports (and sports in general) are making on the lives of highly impressionable youths. i also volunteer once a week as an assistant wushu martial arts instructor at kerrisdale community center, and i can see the confidence and discipline that’s being instilled into the children i teach wushu to. not only has it taught me a lot of discipline, i’m also able to effect positive change in the students i teach.

  13. DonnaMonday, July 27th, 2009 — 11:52am PDT

    My parents never encouraged participation in team sports. Playing softball on (the only team) in a small town in Elementary school and playing 2 years on the school soccer team in Middle school were my only experiences in team sports. I really wish they had encouraged it more, but I guess because neither of my parents were athletically inclined, it never occurred to them that I might be interested.

    Now that I have kids of my own – I really want them to experience the benefits of being part of a team, and the benefits of making sports/fitness a regular part of your life. The past couple of years they have played fastball in a Learn To Play program that is geared towards younger children where they have not only focused on skill development, but have learned how to work as a team. It has been a great experience for them both and has really helped them to grow as people!
    My daughter is a cheerleader with a community football league which not only offers her the opportunity to be active as a part of her squad, but has also shown her how all the individual teams and squads work together to support the entire football club, and how each person is just as important as the next and when they work together the results are amazing. The experience has helped her to be more confident and outgoing, and not just a little bit more enthusiastic about everything in life!

    My kids have also recently been introduced to a sport that became my passion as an adult, and helped me get through some of the tougher times in my early adult life. I am so thrilled that they are thoroughly enjoying their beginner training in Tae Kwon Do and their enthusiasm has rekindled my desire to train again. I can wait to get back on the mats!

    I might be too late for the contest… but I still wanted to share my family’s experiences!

  14. ColleenMonday, July 27th, 2009 — 3:50pm PDT

    Cross country running and unicycling are the sports I think of when I think of my youth. Getting up for the 6am runs, let me calm down,and they allowed me time to think. Unicycling help me develop balance and confidence, important for a clumsy kid.

  15. LoxyMonday, July 27th, 2009 — 3:58pm PDT

    Without sports, I can’t imagine what my teen years would’ve been like. I didn’t want to hang out with the cool kids when I entered grade 7, but all my friend migrated over. So I was alone.

    Despite being the smallest kid in my class, I was fast, and found that even though I didn’t have the skills, I was welcomed onto the teams – often playing on all boys teams as I got older.

    Looking back on what I wrote in diaries those years, I could’ve had a pretty terrible stretch, if I didn’t latch onto sports and the support and competitive drive they built in me.

  16. Don ForanMonday, July 27th, 2009 — 4:50pm PDT

    Haven’t exercised at all lately so rummaged through the closet & pulled out my dusty in-line skates & decided to head down to Jazz Fest on my old rollerblades.
    Head down & pulled hamstring is how I ended up-
    Now looking for another self-destruction destination…

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