Colleen Landers says kids should be active. The president of Sports for Kids Timmins is pleased to see an increase in the number of applicants for financial assistance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Children between the ages of 4 and 18 can apply to Sports for Kids Timmins for a voucher to cover the costs associated with a sport they wish to participate in.
“Kids need sports,” Landers said.
“I mean (during) COVID, the fact that they weren’t doing any activity, they were doing screenings all the time, they were locked up at home…in terms of socializing for some, they have need the sport, they need the ability to be active in other ways and have something for fun as well to keep them healthy.”
The organization has dozens of sponsors, which allows it to pay about $35,000 a year, or about $350 per child.
Dancing is a popular option, and the owner of a local dance studio said she was proud to partner with Sports for Kids Timmins.
“It’s really been a pleasure to watch them grow,” said Melissa Kelly, owner of the Melissa Kelly Dance Academy.
“You know, in the first lesson they all come in shy, and towards the end you can really see what dance does to all kids and to sports in general, not just dance.”
The Sports for Kids office will close for the summer, and Landers said it’s time to sign up for fall activities. An open day will take place at the end of August.
“We’re going to have an open house on August 29,” she said. “All sports organizations have a free table to register or demonstrate the sport. It’s open to everyone in Timmins even if you’re not a candidate and you can come see what’s available.”
Landers said the organization prides itself on its transparency and said 95 cents of every dollar donated is used to help a child get moving.