Inaugural KidSport Cup aims to inspire Calgary soccer teams to give back to community

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The KidSport Cup is on in Calgary.

The mass kick event has been created through a partnership with the Calgary Minor Soccer Association and KidSport Calgary & Area to help inspire teams to give back and team up to further support the thousands of kids who need assistance to play the beautiful game.

The inaugural KidSport Cup begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 1.

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“We are thrilled to partner with KidSport Calgary for the inaugural KidSport Cup,” said Carlo Bruneau, executive director of the Calgary Minor Soccer Association. “This initiative not only brings our community together through the love of soccer but also supports a vital cause.

“By raising funds for KidSport, we can help ensure that all children — regardless of their financial situation — have the opportunity to enjoy and benefits of playing soccer,” continued Bruneau. “We are excited to see the creativity and generosity of our teams as they contribute to making this endeavour a success and help us achieve the goal of making it #SoALLKidsCanPlay.”

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Each year, more than 2,000 low-income kids in the city need the support of KidSport Calgary & Area, so they can play soccer.

“The KidSport Cup is such a great initiative” said Calgary KidSport CEO Kevin Webster. “Seeing kids getting involved in the critical work we are doing to help their peers play the game is one of the most powerful things we see from our community.

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“We thank Calgary Minor Soccer Association, Cavalry FC and all the teams who are going to be part of what will be a very special Year 1 of the KidSport Cup,” continued Webster. “Thousands of local kids need our help. Demand for our charity from local kids has never been higher than right now. The KidSport Cup will play a critical role in seeing us continue the positive impact we have on the soccer community and in the lives of local kids.”

Teams in the levels from under-10 up to U19 are eligible to participate.

Interested teams can visit kidsportcanada.ca/alberta/calgary for information on how to apply to be one of the first 50 that will share the field in Year 1 of the KidSport Cup.

Each team will personalize its plans to give back and grow the game of soccer by creating fun and interactive ways for their networks to get involved in supporting their goals.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams, with the top fundraising team taking home a great experience for their team thanks to the support of Cavalry FC.

Soccer is KidSport Calgary & Area’s highest funded sport with more than 2,400 kids given funds to participate last year, totalling more than $800,000 that was invested directly back into local minor soccer programs to ensure KidSport kids have a place to play. That is double the amount of funds in KidSport’s second highest funded sport, which is hockey.

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