Boys and Girls Club of Kingston floored by $80,000 OTF Capital Grant

(L to R) Peter Kingston, president of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area (BGC), MPP Ian Arthur, Rai King of the Ontario Trillum Foundation (cutting ribbon), and Harold Parsons (far right), executive director of BGC, are joined by staff and kids from the BGC as the officially open the new sport court made possible by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Photo by Michelle Allan.

 

On Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2019, the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area unveiled a brand-new, low impact sport court floor. The West End Hub location’s upgraded flooring was made possible by a $80,000 investment from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and will allow for safe, accessible, physical activity program space available to community members, from children to seniors, in Kingston.

MPP Ian Arthur and Rai King, an Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer, attended the launch and formally presented Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area (BCG) with a plaque to mark the work done as a result of receiving a grant from the Foundation earlier this year.

Arthur said that the BGC “plays such an important role” as a “tremendous resource for this community.”

In his address, King said “it is important to recognize the value of participation.”

“The goal of the Ontario Trillium Foundation is to make communities healthier and more vibrant. One of those ways is to encourage activity,” said King. “When the application came in for this project, it was a very natural fit for one of our six streams of investment. And that is active people.”

“The benefits of activity, running, swimming, all of those things, are huge.” King continued. “Now, there’s a court here to use for various activities.”

King extended thanks to the Ontario government and MPP Arthur for their support of the Trillium Foundation.

MPP Ian Arthur speaks at the plaque presentation and official grand opening of the new sport court at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area West End Hub. Photo by Michelle Allan.

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