Every kid can play sports, right?
Well, not always.
I’d like you to meet Joe Drexler, of BE THE GAME, an organization that knows how hard it is for some families to participate; 1 in 3 cannot afford even minor sports for their children. To help such families, BE THE GAME has launched the Power of Sport, the Power of ME campaign.
I am proud to speak out for this campaign; it takes sports beyond winning and losing, beyond stats and press clippings. It exemplifies the heart of what sports can be: a place for people to learn and grow and gain confidence. BE THE GAME wants to help every kid play sports.
My name is Taylor and I am 11 years old. I have mild cerebral palsy, am a diabetic and have vision issues. I want to thank the “BE THE GAME” organization for helping my Mom to register me with Sports for the Disabled in Lambton County that will allow me to play sledge hockey. Sledge hockey is like regular hockey except that instead of skates, we sit on a sledge (which is like a sled) and have hockey sticks with picks on the end of them to allow us to pull and push ourselves across the ice. It is so much fun and I love playing hockey. WITHOUT BTG’s assistance my Mom would find it very difficult to afford for me to play.BE THE GAME IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR ME!!! And that is awesome.
Joe, from BE THE GAME, is a father of four and believes that children like Taylor who play sports can grow into leaders, gain confidence, and develop character. He knows firsthand the struggle some families face in affording sports.
“Eleven years ago, we could not afford for our 5-year-old daughter, Samantha, to play hockey, until a group step up and sponsored her. I was so grateful, that I decided one day, I would do it this for someone too. Today, Samantha is 16, a wonderful person and an excellent athlete, and good coaches and teammates have helped her become who she is.”
Joe kept his promise and today is founder and CEO of BE THE GAME sportswear and Fundraising, a company that believes that every child who wants to play, deserves to play. Not only do they help teams fundraise, they also help disadvantaged children.
In August, BE THE GAME launched the Power of Sport, the Power of ME campaign. They sell Power of Sport decals for $5 each, all proceeds benefitting children in minor sports and community sports parks.
The goal: sell 2 million decals in North America.
“We will not stop until we reach our goal,” says Joe. “We encourage you, your child’s sports team, school, and companies to make a difference today. If your sports team orders a team set, we will promote your team photo on our campaign weblink as a team that is making a difference for children in sports. Together, we will create tomorrow’s leaders today through the power of sport.”
If you’d like to help kids like Taylor, take a few minutes to order your decals. Let’s share the joy of sports with others.
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