National Sports Day was celebrated this past weekend on November 21 and to mark the occasion North Peace Savings and Credit Union donated $17,000 to North Peace KidSport. The donation will be going towards the purchase of 17 sport wheelchairs which will be used by School District 60 and members of the community.
The new wheelchairs got their first spin at basketball at Bert Bowes Middle School on Saturday and KidSport is hopeful the addition of the chairs will bring the sport into the physical education curriculum.
“We had about 11 chairs in the district,” said KidSport council member Olga Schulenburg. “We now have a total of 28 chairs which is fantastic because we’re hoping they will incorporate wheelchair basketball into the PE curriculum. Any school can rent the chairs free of charge from the Pomeroy Sport Centre. With it being 28 chairs now there are almost enough chairs for all the kids to be able to be in chairs at the same time as oppose to having to break the class up.”
NPSCU public relations and social media specialist Heather Desarmia said the funding was a great fit and an easy decision to make given the credit union’s social responsibility program.
“We invested in these sport wheelchairs through our corporate social responsibility program. It fit in through our mandate of supporting an organization that has wide community appeal and support. We do focus on literacy and financial literacy but there is a tie in with physical literacy as well so the sport wheelchairs fit that,” she said.
The chairs are estimated to have cost around $2,000 each.