Power To Be is honoured to be selected as a recipient of the 2018 Parasport Jumpstart Fund, receiving $100,000 in support of our Adaptive Recreation programs. With this generous contribution, Power To Be will be able to support children and youth living with barriers with adapted outdoor recreation adventures rooted in nature.

“Being one of the 28 organizations receiving this Parasport Jumpstart Fund support is an exciting opportunity for us,” says Dana Hutchings, Power To Be Director of Advancement and Communications. “Adaptive Recreation is an important way for children, youth and their families to experience nature-based activities that improve their physical health and sense of inclusion. This kind of support is critical to our ability to facilitate these activities.”

As part of Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way movement, the Parasport Jumpstart Fund is a joint program between Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the Canadian Paralympic Committee to create greater opportunities for sport and play for children with barriers. As a result of this support, Power To Be participants will enjoy activities such as hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing and climbing, all adapted to support their unique needs.

“At Jumpstart, we are committed to removing financial and accessibility barriers to sport and play so that all kids have the opportunity to get in the game,” said Scott Fraser, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “Through our partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Parasport Jumpstart Fund allows us to expand our reach, help more kids, and work together to create a more accessible and inclusive Canada.”

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in order to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. Jumpstart helps eligible families cover the costs of registration, transportation, and equipment, and provides funding to selected organizations for recreational infrastructure and programming.