Growing Up Through Sports (GUTS) is a Not For Profit Corporation that uses 100% of all donated funds to support a variety of charitable causes in the communities across Ontario, with a principal objective of assisting economically disadvantaged youth in playing the great sport of ball hockey.
GUTS originated in Barrie in 2011, with its first initiative being the Summer Hockey Camp held at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club. It is expanding into the Niagara and Brampton areas this year as we develop the support of volunteers and get others involved in its mission. Too many organizations today spend too much money on administration and fundraising; GUTS is about giving back to the community through collective efforts with no overhead costs.
We expect to support over 50 kids in Barrie, 40 in Brampton and another 50 in St. Catharines this year by providing funding to be used towards registration in our summer camps or in leagues at affiliated clubs. Over $20,000 was raised and donated to assist children in Barrie and support the RVH in Barrie and The United Way in St. Catharines in 2011.
Unfortunately, there are so many families today who lack the financial means to give their child the chance to grow up through sports; GUTS seeks to change this reality because, whether they encourage a healthy active lifestyle, foster friendships, or educate youth in teamwork, commitment, discipline and physical fitness, sports canbenefit a child on so many levels.
If you support our vision and would like to learn more about how you can help, please contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara St. Jean
p. (905) 684-7131
By the numbers.
When Growing Up Through Sports was founded in 2011 we knew it wouldn't be long before the community impact could be seen. Below is a look at our impact by the numbers.
Since 2011, we have had...
741 participants at PA Day Camps
470 participants at March Break Camps
1017 participants at Summer Day Camps
80 participants at our Winter Sports Camps.
Since 2011, we have supported...
80 individual sports registration fees.
350 youth from outside agencies participating in our program.
These number bring us to a grand total of 2738 youth that we have been able to provide with an active and exciting sport experience!
We have also acquired approximately $20,000 in donated equipment for use in our programs and to provide those in need with the needed equipment required to participate.
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