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Goals for KidSport raises $11K for children to play sports

Last Updated Mar 6, 2019 at 4:23 pm MST

PHOTO. Supplied. Country 93.3s Brad Karp presents $11,000 to Executive Director of KidSport Wood Buffalo Meryl Makinson on March 5, 2019.

The Fort McMurray Oil Barons had a little extra motivation this season.

They teamed up with KidSport Wood Buffalo to help raise money for children with financial barriers to play sports.

The idea, which is the brain-child of KidSport Ambassador and Country 93.3’s Brad Karp, was to have individuals and corporations donate a minimum of $1 for every goal the Oil Barons scored during their regular season.

With 200 goals, the Oil Barons will help roughly 30 kids play the sport of their choice.

This year’s 24 sponsors pledged up to $10, bringing the total per goal to $55.

With 200 goals at $55, the first year of Goals for KidSport raised a total $11,000.

Executive Director of KidSport Wood Buffalo, Meryl Makinson said that the organization is growing in the community.

“For those of you who grew up playing sports you know how important it is, both physically and mentally, for kids to be involved in sport.”

She said in 2018 KidSport distributed almost $200,000 in grants to local sports organizations to around 525 kids play the sport of their choice.

Two awards were handed out at the appreciation event on March 5.

Oil Baron Reed Morison was awarded with Top Goal-scorer by KidSport.

Morrison led not only his team, but the AJHL with 41 goals contributing $2,255 towards the campaign.

“I don’t know where I’d be without sports. It’s taught me all the life lessons that I know. It’s just great for the Oil Barons. I know we really wanted to get over 200 goals.”

Brignall Equipment Solutions was awarded with Top Donor, pledging $10 per goal scored, adding $2,000 to the campaign.

As for next year’s campaign, Karp said he has no specific plans yet, but looks forward to watching it grow.

“When I started this thing I would have been happy with like $5,000 and we more than doubled that, so I’m thrilled.”

The Oil Barons head into the first round of playoffs on March 7 against the Grande Prairie Storm.

Sponsors

Brignall Equipment Solutions – $10 per goal

Alberta Property Management – $5 per goal

Vis-Star Homes Ltd. & 3D Building Group Ltd. – $5 per goal

RNG Contracting – $5 per goal

Christian Wales – $5 per goal

Kate Arnold of Coldwell Banker Fort McMurray – $3 per goal

Great Plains Security – $3 per goal

Dave Britt – $2 per goal

Paul Leith – $2 per goal

OPA Fort McMurray / Lucretia & Shane Britt – $1 per goal

Andy Alexander – $1 per goal

Jannie Joubert – $1 per goal

Chad O’Keefe – $1 per goal

Chartrand Body Works – $1 per goal

Connie’s Tupperware – $1 per goal

Northern Light Lunches / Casman Centre Concession – $1 per goal

Joe Denis Manuel – $1 per goal

Bryce Bodner – $1 per goal

Dustin Bradbury – $1 per goal

Tim Sullivan – $1 per goal

Terry Connors – $1 per goal

Troy Dickson – $1 per goal

Tom Keca – $1 per goal

Brad Karp – $1 per goal