Throughout the summer, Big Brother Big Sisters of Lloydminster (BBBS) has focused its Summer Adventure program on exposing its youth to new activities.
On Tuesday, the organization received some help in the form of approximately 20 new baseball gloves for its kids.
“A few of them didn’t know how to put a ball glove on,” said Jacqueline Weed, caseworker and director of service delivery for BBBS. “For a lot of them, this is their first time.”
The gloves came courtesy of KidSport, a national non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to facilitate kids’ participation in sports.
KidSport provided BBBS with the funding for the gloves after the latter applied for a grant from the former. In total, the gloves were worth about $400.
“With BBBS, we knew that they had a large group of kids in their summer program and we thought it would be a good organization to partner up with and try and use some of our funds to help out their program,” said KidSport board member Corey Kyle.
KidSport also collects donated used sports equipment and redirects it to kids in need of it.
Weed says that the gloves will surely be of help to the agency’s summer program, which regularly draws a number of youth that haven’t been able to experience the simple joys of playing catch with a ball and glove.
“We have 20 kids that come on a regular basis and a lot of them don’t have access to this equipment, nor have they ever had a ball glove on,” she said. “This provides them this opportunity, maybe to explore some new interests.”
Earlier this year, KidSport provided BBBS with funding for discs to play disc golf, a game that Weed says caught on with the kids rather quickly.
“We had a lesson and we played a couple times and they actually really like it,” she said. “We try to spend as much time outside as we can. Last summer we were only inside two days and this year we haven’t been inside for a full day yet. It’s just showing them the different things that are out there that they can do.”
On top of the summer program, Weed says the baseball gloves will also benefit the youth in BBBS’s After School Discovery program.