CALGARY, AB – KidSport™ Calgary is proud to announce that Calgary Flames Captain Jarome Iginla has reached a milestone for the organization – over $500,000 in donations since the year 2000. Iginla began assisting KidSport™ Calgary by donating $1,000 per goal to the organization in the 2000-01 season. Following the NHL lock out in 2004-05, Iginla increased his contribution to $2,000 per goal. The extra $1,000 donation is directed to KidSport™ Canada, benefitting youth from coast to coast and locally.
Iginla is an ambassador for KidSport™ Calgary and was the recipient of the Mark Messier Leadership Award for his work and contributions to the community at the 2009 NHL Awards. He was also a recipient of the NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2003-04 for leadership on and off the ice.
“Jarome has been such a tremendous supporter of both KidSport Calgary and KidSport Canada for the past nine seasons and the humility and graciousness with which he’s supported the charitable organization over the years is a testament to his true character,” said Diane Jones Konihowski, KidSport Alberta’s Chair. “With each goal he’s scored – and there have been a lot – his commitment to get kids off the sidelines and into sport continues to grow. Thank-you Jarome, you’ve helped over 2,500 kids and have inspired many more.”
Iginla’s contribution has helped over 2,500 kids get involved in amateur and recreational sport activities. The success of the program has established Iginla as an important and valued partner who not only contributes financially but acts as a role model for the importance of sport to a child’s early development and sense of belonging.
KidSport™ Calgary is a local, non-profit organization that is focused on providing positive sport opportunities to children from low-income families. With the help of community supporters, KidSport™ is able to assist local kids by subsidizing sport registration fees and certain sport equipment for qualified applicants, so kids can play their chosen sport safely and confidently.