PSP & Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a Natural Partnership
For one military family, the unique challenges of life in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) resulted in financial hardship. With a change in trade and three moves, one corporal was worried about not being able to afford sports for his children.
“Sports are very important to our family. That is how we make most of our friends. It would have broken my heart if they had not played this year,” says the corporal.
It is important for his family to be involved in sports and recreation, regardless of where they are posted. “The only thing constant was sports. These sports are extremely important. They have made friends through sports even before going to school, so when they start school they have friends there. I have always thought that playing sports is the best thing to ever happen to me and my children; with every move this is the foundation for making friends.”
Thankfully, the corporal saw a poster at the gym advertising the Personnel Support Programs (PSP) partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart. PSP has partnered with Jumpstart to bring financial assistance to CAF members and their families in accessing recreation programs, equipment and transportation for children. From there he went to the website to find out more about the application.
The Jumpstart program began in 2005 as a registered charity with the goal of removing financial barriers so every Canadian child aged 4 to 18 can have the opportunity to participate in sport and recreation activities. Jumpstart supports over 70 different activities, from more mainstream sports like hockey, soccer and basketball, to other active pursuits, such as dance and martial arts classes. With PSP’s focus on promoting a healthly and active lifestyle for CAF members and their families, this partnership was a natural fit.
PSP and Jumpstart both believe that no child should miss out on healthy, life-enriching activities like sports and recreation programs due to financial considerations. Through consultations with PSP, a unique Jumpstart application and funding criteria for the program were specifically designed to meet the needs of the CAF community.
When asked what the Jumpstart program has meant to him and his family one CAF member said, “It was important to me because I needed financial assistance at the time. Sports also gives our children the chance to learn important things like teamwork, respect, and what you can achieve with hard work.”
For more information about the Jumpstart program, and to complete an application, please visit their website by clicking here.
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