Minor hockey in Williams Lake and youth soccer in 100 Mile House will receive a financial boost from the B.C. government’s community gaming grant program, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett announced today.
· The Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association is receiving $87,500 for programs for youth ages 5 to 18.
· The 100 Mile House and District Youth Soccer Association is receiving $21,600 for various youth programs.
“Youth sports organizations are so vital for young people in our communities and I’m pleased that we are providing these grants,” Barnett said. “Sports promote physical fitness and teach young people many life skills such as discipline and teamwork. I’d like to thank the volunteers of these organizations who do so much for our communities.”
These grants are awarded under the Sport and Arts and Culture category of the community gaming grant program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Human and Social Services, Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils, and Environment.
Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local non-profit organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.