Burnaby MoreSports offers free after-school sports programs in high-need schools in Burnaby. These programs are available to kids grades 2-5 who, through lack of opportunity (financial, cultural, behavioural or social), would not normally be able to learn sports skills and the sense of self-confidence that comes with it. An important component of the sports programs is older children (grades 6-7) and high school youth (grades 10-12) from the surrounding community are enlisted to help in the delivery of the program, providing a structured environment where they learn the basic skills of employment (punctuality and attendance, receiving instructions, planning and delivering a program) while serving as coaches and mentors for the younger kids.
The work Burnaby MoreSports does matters for several reasons:
- The kids in the sports programs, depending on their personal situation, receive tangible benefits by interacting with other kids who may be different from them, leading to a better integrated community where race or ethnicity doesn’t matter. Kids with behavioural or social issues get the opportunity to learn focus through structured sport skills programs delivered in a supportive environment
- The kids and youth in our leadership programs benefit from an environment where they are taught the basics of leadership and employment in a structured way. The older kids continue on now to help lead the programs, learning leadership roles. The youth gain valuable experience in a work-like setting, participating in program planning and delivery. Working with younger kids from the community fosters empathy for others while building self-confidence as they mature into adulthood
- The community benefits by having kids and youth in structured programming after the school day which gives them the opportunity to participate in positive, community-building activities
SVP grant commitment: $42,000 in 2017 which includes generous co-funding from the BPS Wealth Management Group at CIBC Wood Gundy (represented by SVP Partners Geoff Bertram, Tom Porteous and Eric Southam) in the amount of $12,600.
President: Michael Darud
SVP Lead Partners: Marie-Claire Howard and Bryon Hodges