Huntsville Skating Club Receives Jumpstart Grant Of Just Over $10,000

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Cheque presentation for Jumpstart grant
Skating Club President Kerri Vallentin and her two children meet with with Cheryl Liberty and Ashley Nicholson from Sport Chek, Nathalie Trudel from Mark’s, and Ian McEwen from Canadian Tire for the cheque presentation on April 30. Photo courtesy of Ian McEwen

The Huntsville Skating Club has received a grant of just over $10,000 as part of a charitable campaign to build back community sports and recreation throughout 2021.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities launched the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund in September 2020 with the goal of supporting sports and recreation as community groups faced the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. The original $8 million commitment was used to help nearly 700 sports organizations across the country and an additional $12 million was announced by the Canadian Tire Corporation in February. Jumpstart conducted a State of Sport study via Ipsos and nearly half of organizations said they will be forced to close within the next year if they don’t receive financial support. 

“We are beyond grateful to receive this news and know the positive impact it will have on sport and recreation organizations, and ultimately, on kids across the country,” said a statement from the Huntsville Skating Club. “With Jumpstart’s support, we’ll be able to provide affordable programming opportunities for our youth while keeping them engaged in the sport and staying physically active.”

The skating club is one of nearly 300 sport and recreation organizations across the country to receive funding in this round of grants from Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund.

Additional grants are available through Jumpstart’s 2021 Relief Fund. Programs starting between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 can apply for funding from June 20 to Aug. 1. For more information, click here.

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