Getting kids into the game was the focus of the recent Grey Cup tour around B.C. as the BC Lions and the Province of B.C. teamed up to take the iconic trophy into communities across the province to raise awareness and funds for KidSport.
Donations were collected for KidSport at many of the venues the Cup visited and KidSport chapters were the beneficiary, receiving more than $6,000 with funds still trickling in.
Travelling to 15 communities and accompanied by Lions’ team members including Geroy Simon, JR Larose, Paul McCallum, Angus Reid and Travis Lulay, the cup visited schools, shopping malls, sport clubs and recreation facilities. As a result of his involvement with the tour, Paul McCallum has committed to a very exciting KidSport fundraiser for the 2012 CFL season.
The driving force behind the tour, Surrey White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg said, “The B.C. government was honoured to partner with the BC Lions to celebrate the value of sport and to increase awareness of KidSport BC. Through the generous support of many businesses and BC Lion fans, over $6,000 was raised for KidSport chapters across the province.”
The BC Lions have always been a very community minded organization and this tour truly demonstrates that the Lions are B.C.’s team! It was incredible to see the passion for the Grey Cup and the Lions across the province.
To have so many folks contribute to KidSport as part of the tour was extremely gratifying to us and will help us to ensure that the future BC Lions across the province have every chance to play.