KSA - Special Hockey International Legacy Grants

Special grant program offered in 2013

Updated Thursday November 30, 2017 by Kitchener Sports Association.



PHOTO: (l-r) Extend-a-Family Opportunities Development Coordinator, Sue Gibson and Clint Meyer. Sue thanked KSA for the $1,700 donation in support of its Community Ball Hockey Tournament Day and Clint talked about how he's looking forward to the event. (KSA dinner held March 19, 2013 at the Edelweiss Sports Bar & Grill in Kitchener.)




Special Hockey International Legacy Grants
2013 Tournament Partnership Grants
Note: This was a 2013 program and has expired.

KSA partnered with the Special Hockey International Host Committee (2013) to provide funding of up to $25,000 (total) to local sports groups and charities in 2013.

While the funding of events like hockey tournaments is not specifically part of KSA's mandate, KSA didn't hesitate to offer its support in a unique way. As the Legacy Patron of Special Hockey International, KSA and the Tournament organizers came together to establish a fund accessible to groups that work with special needs athletes. The $25,000 legacy fund, provided by KSA, was available to social service agencies and not-for-profit organizations that serve the developmentally challenged and those with limitations in the community.
"It's a different kind of project for us, since we're not dealing only with minor sports-aged athletes," said KSA President Bill Pegg but added that approval to provide the funding was a 'slam dunk', passing through the KSA Operating Committee with a unanimous vote. Pegg noted that it was a natural fit for KSA because of the organization's existing relationship with the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club, Title sponsor of Special Hockey International 2013. (A good deal of KSA fundraising is conducted through the 50/50 draw at each Rangers home game.) .
Special Hockey International 2013 will provide a lifetime of memories for its participants and their families, but the goodwill of the tournament will live on through KSA's SHI Legacy Grants and the opportunities the funding provides to deserving special needs athletes in the Region.


Applicants for this program were required to be agencies/organizations that:

  • met the general funding eligibility of Kitchener Sports Association
  • provided programs/services to clientele, (preferably, but not limited to youth), who have physical, mental or emotional challenges/disabilities
  • requested funding that met a specific capital need or an innovative one-time program/service that was NOT part of the traditional annual operating budget 

SHI Legacy Grants awarded (2013):

  • Extend-a-Family Opportunities Development, $1,700 donation in support of its Community Ball Hockey Tournament Day.
  • Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program (Pride Stables), $5,000 capital grant towards the replacement of the footing material in the arena.
  • KidsAbility, $3,245 for special skating equipment (SkateAble Program) so that children ages 6+ with physical and developmental disabilities can learn to skate.
  • Canadian Special Hockey Association, $2,000 as a one-time start-up grant.
  • KW Habilitation Services, $5,000 for the capital building campaign

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