There are only a few days left for female athletes, teams, and organizations to apply for The Champions Fund grant before recipients are chosen at noon on September 20th! The Champions Fund was created by Canada’s dairy farmers to encourage and support the next generation of girls and women in their pursuit of achieving sports excellence and a healthy lifestyle despite all the obstacles in their way.
This year the fund will provide a total of 30 grants of $5,000 to be awarded to deserving female athletes, teams and organizations across Canada in October 2017. That is great news for female Canadian athletes.
Winning the grant has and could create many more opportunities for the recipient, just look at 2016 Champion Fund recipient Northern Nishnawbe Education Council for proof of that. The Northern Nishnawbe Education Council were able to use the Champions Fund Grant to purchase equipment necessary to support starting a girls basketball team at their First Nation’s high school. Just reading their application will give you an idea of the positive impact the Champions Fund can have on local communities.
Northern Nishnawbe Education Council
LOCATION: Thunder Bay, Ontario
WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE $5,000 CHAMPIONS FUND GRANT?
Our organization would use the funding from the Champions Fund Grant to purchase all of the essential equipment needed to initiate
a girls basketball program at our First Nation’s high school. The program will help high risk teens from remote northern communities
engage in healthy active lifestyles
HOW WOULD THE GRANT HELP YOU PUSH THE BOUNDARIES FOR WOMEN AND/OR GIRLS IN SPORT?
The grant will help to push the boundaries for high risk First Nation’s youth and will teach them about the importance of a healthy
active lifestyle, build strong leadership skills, and help young girls from different remote communities become skilled athletes that are
ready to engage in competition
HERE’S WHAT I WOULD WANT TO SEE CHANGE IN WOMEN’S SPORTS:
We would like to see more involvement from First Nation’s women in sport, particularly basketball. Naturally, they are gifted athletes,
though due to their living conditions, their skills are often cast by the wayside because of the challenges they face in their home
communities due to poverty.
THIS IS WHY SPORTS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME:
Sports has such a capacity to change the lives of First Nation’s youth. Sports teach our youth about important life skills and gives our
students a medium to develop their social skills and meet new friends. Below is the result of our boys basketball program which we
hope to replicate for our girls.
I love that The Champions Fund grant was able to make a significant difference in the lives of these disadvantaged girls, and I think this is a prime example of the benefits and importance of keeping women and girls engaged in sport.
For more information or to apply for the Champions Fund, visit womenchampions.ca. The application period runs from June 20 to September 20, 2017. The Champions Fund Committee will select the 30 winners from the top 50-60 applicants in October 2017. Follow and join the movement online by using the hashtag #ChampionHer
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own..