30th Anniversary

Sport Central is celebrating its 30th year Helping Kids Get Into Sport on December 6th.  Celebration planning in the works.  More details to come.

 Annual General Meeting

Hold the date!  The 30th Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday, December 8th at 6:00PM.  Last year the AGM was held virtually by video conference.  We hope to host the AGM in person this year at Kilkenny Community Hall.  More details to come.

Don’t forget to renew your current $10 membership or purchase one before Wednesday, December 8th at Noon.  Only paid members can vote and approve motions at the AGM.  Payments can be made by Credit Card (Mastercard/Visa), Debit, cheque, or cash.  Drop in to Sport Central or call us at 780-477-1166.

Membership Drive

Become a Sport Central Member!

  • Participate in Sport Central Annual General Meeting and help guide the direction of the charity.
  • Vote and approve annual reports, financials and members of the Board of Directors.
  • Network with other Sport Central members.
  • Stay updated on Sport Central operations, news and upcoming events

An annual Sport Central membership is from December 1st to November 30th.  There’s a maximum limit of 50 memberships annually.  Get yours today!  Memberships can be processed by phone.  Call Reception at 780-477-1166 Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 Bike Shop Quarterly Review – Bike Manager, Gerard Duffy

The Month of August marked a couple of different occurrences; the end of a fabulous summer, our amazing summer students heading back to school and the wrap up of our fiscal year 2020/21.  This summer our students were engaged, had autonomy, and helped us achieve our results.  The volunteers showed they are excellent teachers, mentors, and really great people as well as friends for life.  If you or someone you know is interested in helping us, we are in need of more bike shop volunteers.  Over the past year, our volunteers contributed 3,163 hours servicing bicycles.  There were 2,626 bicycles donated and 2,140 bicycles were given to kids in need despite COVID-19 Provincial shutdowns.  We were able to get kids riding!!!    

We could not complete this amount of work if it wasn’t for our volunteers; Chris Jensen, Barry Johnson, Dirk Kos, Jason Nahnybida, Mark Constable, Scott Reed, Sue Ryniak, Greg Schoepp, Paul Schoepp, Austin Torres, Vansa Chang, Jim Harvey, and Mormon Elders’ Jackson, Lluna, Pitts, McFarland, and Robinson all contributed this year to get bicycles out to the kids. 

The graph above looks like a smile and reflects an increase in smiles on kids in need.

Fourth Annual Dave’s Drive

  • Tentatively set for November 15th to 30th, 2021. More details to come.

 

Equipment & Warehouse Report – Warehouse Manager, Karst Bakker

Since May we’ve seen a steady inflow of donated equipment with an increase over the last few months. Thanks to our existing and returning volunteers, we’ve managed to stay on top the donations received. With clients down from previous years, much of the equipment is getting cleaned, sized, boxed and inventoried awaiting outreach shipments. This quarter we’ve inventoried and stored 6,300 pieces while sending over 11,000 pieces for Outreach resulting in a current stock at over 21,000 pieces.

Together Bill Johnson and Roy Tofteland have repaired/serviced over 732 helmets this quarter.  As we enter the Winter season, the need for skating and hockey helmets increases.

This quarter we’ve also received over $45,000 worth of new equipment including:

  • Baseball equipment from Rawlings
  • Skates from NHLPA
  • Miscellaneous Apparel, Bike Bells and Goalie Helmets from United Sport & Cycle
  • Hockey and Goalie Sticks from Warrior from Nick Holden (Ottawa Senators)
  • Bikes, Helmets and Locks from Cummins
  • A couple of loads of used equipment from employees and staff at Gregg Distributors Ltd.

We are still very fortunate to have Darrell Holowaychuk provide us with extra storage at the former Axe Music Building.  Scandinavian Building Services also provides us with a bay for storage beside the Bike Shop.

With the arrival of fall we hope to see more of our seasonal volunteers return and help us out through our busy season. I’d like to give a special thanks to Jerry Stevenson, Daryl Fenrich, Bill Johnson, Mike Tomlinson, Duncan Galloway, Ethan Shaigec, Bob Krewenchuk, Roy Tofteland, Gord Cradock, Gelske Terpstra, Maria Basaraba, Pauline Ma, Elaine Wagner, Don MacDonald, Grant Gaudin, Don Darling, Clayton Anderson, Gordon Harper, Kris Partington, Erin Winch, Jacob Winch, Evan Winch, Mike Kolber, Burke Oswald, Paul O’Shea, Brent Ross, Mitchell Brinegar, Jim Weishaar, Germaine Chau and Jean Posyniak who have done amazing volunteer work these past few months.

 

Outreach Report

We have been sending a number of shipments to communities over the past few months.  The communities include Grande Cache, Fort Vermilion, and Camrose.  Outside Alberta, shipments were sent to Norman Wells, Tuktoyaktuk, Fort McPherson (shipment in Inuvik pending delivery) in the Northwest Territories.  The shipment via the McKenzie River would not be possible without the help of many supporters.  Many thanks to Matco Moving Solutions, Manitoulin Transport, Rosenau Transport, and Marine Transport Services (Government of Northwest Territories). 

Other communities include; hockey jerseys to a female hockey team in Hall Beach, Nunavut and soccer equipment sent out of country with the cooperation of Bethel Community Church.

Free Play for Kids received soccer goalie gloves and Ben Calf Robe Society, Paul First Nations and Maskwacis all received golf equipment and golf balls for their summer youth programs.

There were also 19 sport ball kits provided to Edmonton Police Service Officers to give away to children in need.