Supporting Bow Valley sports clubs, building community
and empowering youth
The positive outcomes of physical activity can significantly contribute to the development of thriving communities, especially among young people. However, the costs associated with youth sports can impose a considerable financial burden on families planning to participate in these programs. Removing barriers for participation to sports and recreation participation stands as a central tenet in the vision shared by the Wim & Nancy Pauw Foundation and the Bow Valley True Sport and Recreation Council.
The True Sport Youth Fund annually reviews applications from not-for-profit local sports organizations catering to youth aged 17 and younger. Recipients are chosen based on their dedication to embodying the seven True Sport Principles, which include Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep it Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone, and Give Back. To date, the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation has donated over $210,000 to this Fund.
In 2023, the Bow Valley True Sport and Recreation Council will administer $41,500 in grants to local sports and recreation organizations as a result of our Foundation’s funding. This is the largest sum ever donated through the True Sport Youth Fund and marks the highest number of clubs ever to receive grants.
Sixteen local youth clubs have been chosen as recipients of grants and will receive funding ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The grants help ensure programs remain affordable for families throughout the Bow Valley.
“The increase in the number of clubs and programs receiving grants exemplifies the dedication our community has to promoting active living and wellness with local youth,” said Cathy Geisler, the Executive Director of the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation. “Our funding supports clubs that promote healthy and fair sport, in turn helping to create a vibrant community’
Newly awarded clubs include the Banff Rugby Club, Banff Minor Hockey Association, Bow Valley Little League, Canmore Minor Hockey Association, and Rocky Mountain Volleyball Club. Like previous grant recipients, these organizations have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to nurturing youth development through sports and recreation.
“The grant applications provide a window into the efforts and challenges facing sport and recreation clubs and associations,” said Bill Fisher, Board Chair, Bow Valley True Sport and Recreation Council. “We thank the staff and volunteers who dedicate their time and passion to youth sport and recreation in the Bow Valley.”
Providing financial support improves participation and helps youth remain active and have access to local recreation programs. More programs mean even more opportunities for families in the Bow Valley.