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Share Your Weekend & Give Back to Your Community #YouShareWeShare

Both my daughters have participated in organized sports. Olivia played soccer during her pre-teen years. Bridget, my 10 year old girl, had her first experience playing on a boy and girl hockey team in a local league. She was a natural! My dad is still an avid hockey player in his 60s and was so happy to finally have a hockey player follow in his footsteps. It seemed like a natural fit for me when SUBWAY® Restaurants and Social Moms recently invited me to be a part of the “You Share. We Share” program. I happily accepted as it’s something I believe in.

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Until August 31st, SUBWAY® Restaurants across the USA & Canada are partnering with local charities to give back to their communities. When you eat at SUBWAY® Restaurants on the weekend this summer, you’ll not only be enjoying a delicious meal, but you’ll also be supporting a charity in your local area. SUBWAY® Restaurants in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, Niagara, and Southwestern Ontario area are donating a percentage of weekend sales, up to $90,000, directly to a local charity. In the Toronto and Southwestern Ontario region, that local charity is one close to my heart, KidSport Ontario.

I had my first taste this past winter of how expensive hockey is. You have to buy all the equipment, skates, clothes and let’s not forget all that travel! My cousin had her boys in hockey for years and she said she practically lived in the rinks in various cities across the province. The financial barrier can be enormous for a low income family. KidSport is a non-profit organization that helps under-resourced children and youth under 18 years of age by easing the financial constraints preventing them from participating in organized sports. They believe all children should have the opportunity to experience the fun of organized sports. I support this cause wholeheartedly and think every child should be able to play a sport if that’s what he or she wants to do.Subway BloggerImage SWRegionOntarioandToronto

Playing organized sports has so many wonderful benefits. It builds sportsmanship and self-confidence. Also, it instills the healthy habit of regular physical activity. It’s good for the body, mind and soul.

KidSport began in 1993 on a national level and has since grown to 11 provincial and territorial chapters and more than 175 KidSport committees. KidSport Ontario was launched in 2000 and in that time has helped more than 16,500 under-resourced kids play a season of sports. They’ve provide over $3.2 million in grants for registration and sports equipment. Currently, KidSport Ontario has 23 volunteer community chapters who help provide thousands of grants to local Ontario children each year.

Did you know that 1 in 3 Ontario families can’t afford to register their kids in sports programs? Over 300,000 children under 14 in Ontario live in low income families. Like I mentioned, I felt fortunate to be able to put Bridget in hockey this past winter. I know many families, including some close friends and relatives, who weren’t able to place their kids in any kind of organized sports. I’m happy KidSport Ontario is there to help families who need it.

Stop by any of your local SUBWAY® Restaurants on the weekend this summer and support a good cause. More than 900 SUBWAY® Restaurants in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, Niagara and Southwestern Ontario are supporting KidSport Ontario.

Connect with KidSport Ontario on Facebook and Twitter and SUBWAY® Restaurants on Facebook.

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Subway® blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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