Canada’s Dairy Farmers Have Awarded 30 Grants of $5K with the Champions Fund!
They say that we ourselves are our only limit when it comes to fulfilling our goals. That means that we can achieve whatever we set out to do and push ourselves towards. In some ways, what we can accomplish is limitless.
That is why I am a big fan of Canada’s Dairy Farmers, Champions Fund. They too believe in the immense benefits that physical activity has for our young girls.
One of the most rewarding and beneficial things about sports is that not only does it keep your body and mind healthy but, it helps you to challenge yourself. If you’ve been following along, you know that I am passionate about spreading the word about girls in sports. I believe that sometimes, they are overlooked and girls don’t end up staying in sports the older they get.
The Champions Fund set out to help 30 girls or teams in sports, to help them achieve their goals and continue their relationship with sports. In case you are unfamiliar, I will give you a little refresher.
What is the Champions Fund?
It is a grant that is in its second year and a part of the national Fuelling Women Champions (FWC) multi-year initiative spearheaded by Canada’s Dairy Farmers. They are committed to the advancement of women in sport. It will benefit girls who love sports no matter how old they are or what their ability is. Applications were sent, judges picked, and now 30 grants of $5,000 have been awarded!
What is the End Goal?
Since the FWC and Canada’s Dairy Farmers are champions for healthy living and nutrition, their collective goal is to ensure that no hurdle exists that might hinder the passion for the game. So, ultimately, they want girls in sports to be more watched, more appreciated and more financially stable.
Now that you know a little more about the Champions Fund, let’s get to know a couple of this year’s winners!
Meet Nikita Holder
She is from Pickering, Ontario and a 100m hurdler in track and field. Nikita is a single mother and a 2 time Olympian.The grant will be helping her reach her goal of making her 3rd Olympic team. It will give her some financial relief as she reaches her full potential. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have any outside sponsors.
As a single mother, Nikita has to juggle splitting her finances between her sport for training, nutrition, and competition. This is coupled with her her responsibilities as a parent. The grant can provide financial stability and a piece of mind while she trains.
When it comes to boundaries that Nikita would love to see women overcome, she has a great one. She would love to see women overcome the stereotypes and double standards in sports. Sports are important to her because they are empowering. It teaches love, confidence, and so much more. Especially in a world of social media, confidence and self-esteem are everything to a young girl/woman. Playing sports is a great way to breed the right mixture of a healthy self-image.
Good luck Nikita, we hope to see you at the Olympics again!
Meet the Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Team
The ladies rock the field and the Champions Fund grant will help them achieve success and improve their world ranking. To do this, they need to continue to gain game experience as a collective. However, traveling to compete is expensive. The Champions Fund grant would go towards travel costs which would allow their team to continue to play away games at the highest level.
Unfortunately, the team recently lost $300,000 in funding. As a result, they’ve taken on the daunting task of replacing this capital through sponsorship and fundraising. In order to maintain the Canadian Women’s National Program, athletes are currently paying to play through levies, which is not sustainable.
The Canadian Women’s Field Hockey team sees a major barrier for women in sport being athlete retention. Due to financial struggles or career pursuit, their team has experienced the negative effects of early retirement. They believe those female athletes should continue to participate and perform without outside hurdles stopping them.
It is evident that sport and all the positives that it brings is important to the team. They believe that sport brings athletes together in the pursuit of excellence and to achieve a common goal.
We hope they can continue playing and pursuing their passion without feeling an extra burden. Good luck, ladies!
Meet the 2017 Grant Recipients!
While I’ve only shared 2 grant recipients, you simply have to discover the other 28. They are all so deserving in so many different ways! Make sure that you head over to the Champions Fund site to see the winners and their profiles. Such an exciting time for girls in sports!
Do you have a female athlete in the family?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: This post is sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.