Homeless soccer team gets BC grant
Nov 1, 2013 / 2:39 pm
A street soccer team in Kelowna that gives homeless people a chance to participate in organized sport is among the groups that will benefit from the most recent round of nearly $30,000 in Local Sport Program Development funding.
The Kelowna Kodiaks, founded in 2010 by volunteers Tom and Tiffany Maxwell, is one of 16 groups that will receive a grant of up to $2,000 through the Local Sport Program Development Fund.
The team is made up of more than 20 homeless players who meet twice a week, year-round, to play soccer.
Some of these players have gone on to represent Canada at the Homeless World Cup of Soccer.
Administered through ViaSport, the Local Sport Program Development Fund grants are designed to help establish new sport programs or expand existing ones so that more British Columbians, particularly those who face barriers to sport, have opportunities to participate.
Funds are typically used for equipment purchases, coach training and program development.
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