I was a small kid and I didn’t have a lot of athletic ability, but I loved to swim and run. I took swimming lessons for as long as I can remember and I joined the swim team when I was just seven years old. I loved going to team practices and taking part in the swim meets in different towns. I am a naturally competitive person, and those swim meets taught me to always strive to do my personal best, rather than focus on beating someone else. It’s a lesson I’ve carried through life.

1 in 3 Canadian kids can’t play the sports they want to because of financial barriers. Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charity that helps financially disadvantaged families give their kids the opportunity to participate in organized sport and recreation. Jumpstart helps cover registration fees, equipment and/or transportation costs.

Since the inception in 2005, Canadian Tire Jumpstart has given more than 720,000 kids across Canada the chance to play. Canadian Tire Jumpstart is dedicated to removing financial barriers, so children can participate in organized sport and recreation.

Jumpstart’s signature fundraising campaign, the Jumpstart Red Ball campaign has been taking place throughout the month of May. The month-long program raises donations, with 100% of the funds staying in the community in which they are raised. Canadian Tire stores and their partners invite customers to support kids in their local community by making a $2 donation in exchange for a little red Jumpstart ball.

How can you support Canadian Tire Jumpstart?

100% of customer donations go directly to help kids in financial need participate in organized sport and recreation.
The Canadian Tire Corporation funds all the general and administrative expenses as well as the program delivery costs of the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program. To find out more and get the facts visit Canadian Tire Jumpstart.

JumpstartDay Twitter Party

Join us Wednesday May 28th for the #JumpstartDay Twitter party from 9:30- 10:30 PM EST, great prizes and celebrity guests! Don’t forget to follow your host @CTJumpstart and your moderators: @RossanaWyatt @Kidsumers @Nugglemama @Teachermomoftwo

Prizes are available to Canadian Residents Only, but all are welcome to the party. RSVP below to be eligible for prizes { Canadian Tire Gift Cards and merchandise}. We’ll be chatting about the Red Ball campaign, sports and getting kids participating in sports activities as well as chatting with celebrity guests!


  • five (5) Prize Packs available to be won, each Prize Pack consists of: one (1) Sports Chek Gift Card Valued at $25.00 CAD, one (1) Jumpstart Backpack and one (1) Jumpstart Red Ball (ARV of each prize pack is $60.00 CAD.
  • (1) additional Prize Pack available to be won that consists of: one (1) Canadian Tire Gift Card Valued at $50.00 CAD, one (1) Jumpstart Backpack, one (1) Olympic Throw and one (1) Jumpstart Red Ball (ARV of this prize pack is $150.00 CAD).

RSVP : Make sure to enter your Twitter Handle “@yourTwitterhandle” in the Link/Blog Title field, and Twitter URL “www.twitter.com/yourtwitterhandle” in the url Field*



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