Bring Girls in Sports to the Next Level with the Champions Fund!
Can you believe that we are already headed towards fall? It’s September already and while we are all busy getting ready for school or settling into routines, there is one really important thing you can’t miss this September. That’s Canada’s Dairy Farmers Fuelling Women Champions Fund and the deadline to submit your entry is noon on September 20.
If you’ve been following along, you’ll have read about the Champions Fund and why it is such an important initiative. Since most girls stop playing sports into adulthood, one can’t help to think about the missed potential of so many female athletes. Unfortunately, it’s a reality that girls and women’s sports are underfunded and that’s something that can change.
Especially with the help of the Champions Fund. For those needing a quick refresher, the Champions Fund is a $150,000 fund. An amount that is up from $100,000 in 2016, The grants will be distributed as 30 grants of $5,000. That is a lot of money that can go a long way! So, make sure to get your entries in before the 20th of this month. The winners will be announced in October, 2017.
In the spirit of celebrating female athletes, I thought I’d introduce you to one of last year’s grant winners, Leaders and Advancement for Women in Sports, LAWS. They are an organization from my city, Windsor, ON and are passionate about girls in sports.
What would they do with the $5,000?
They would buy new sports equipment, for facility rentals, and for pay to young female sports leaders to facilitate the program. Plus, the ability to offer one-day active life events. This is in hopes to spread the word on the importance of active lifestyles and leadership to girls aged 6-12 in their community.
How would it help them push boundaries for females in sport?
Their program will introduce girls to the joys of physical activity. It is designed to build physical literacy, fitness, sports competency and personal confidence and will enable the girls to become peer leaders.
What would they like to see change in women’s sports?
They would like to build a broad community of like-minded girls and women. One who seek opportunities to join with others to advocate for and engage in healthy, active endeavours within our community. Women and girls who would like to become a positive role model.
Why are sports important to them?
Sports teach people how to work as a team and how to win and lose. They help to build strong self-confidence, which is the primary lesson that LAWS strives to teach to all girls engaged in the program.
Submit Your Entry Today!
The first thing you need to do is visit womenchampions.ca now, up until noon on September 20, 2017. Visit their application page and submit your entry! From there, the Champions Fund will choose the top 30 from the top 50 to 60 applicants in October.
Seeing that these grants have actively helped female athletes is promising. It makes me excited to find out which 30 applicants will win the grants and start bringing their game to the next level. If you have a girl or woman in your life that loves athletics, make sure you let them know to submit their entry before the deadline. Don’t leave potential money on the table and let’s help our girls continue to succeed in sports!
Don’t forget to connect with them on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and follow along on the hashtags #ChampionHer and #ChampionsFund! Plus, another great way to get involved is to spread the word to everyone you know!
Are sports important in your life?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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.