wendy Brown VGC presenting cheque to KidSport November 2014The 2nd Annual Links to Change Men’s Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, September 12 at the Victoria Golf Club. For the second year the event will support KidSport Greater Victoria. Special guest will be Jon Montgomery, Amazing Race host and Olympic gold medallist. The event has a capacity for 120 golfers and there is still room to sign up and golf on the beautiful course, while raising much needed funds for KidSport.

In 2014 the event raised $28,000 and this year the goal is $30,000. “We fund approximately 1,200 kids a year, and with the funds from the golf tournament we can help 100 kids,” says Patti Hunter, General Manager, KidSport Greater Victoria.

Having Montgomery supporting the event this year is very exciting. The Skeleton gold medallist is a long-time supporter of children’s charities, including KidSport, and as a new resident of Victoria, is pleased to lend his energy and enthusiasm to the event. “My world has been shaped by sport. This profoundly positive influence in my life should be a fundamental right of young people everywhere. KidSport is helping to make the dream a reality.”

The golf tournament is well timed as it lands in the middle of KidSport Week. “KidSport Victoria is thrilled to have the backing of six local municipalities in declaring September 6-13, 2015 KidSport Week,” adds Hunter. “We are truly grateful to the Victoria Golf Club for hosting this men’s tournament to benefit children in need, at such an exciting time for KidSport. Every $400 raised will fund a child, who otherwise couldn’t be on the field of play, into a season of sport. Jon’s amazing support is very much appreciated”.

In conjunction with the men’s tournament will be two other events: the 19th Annual Women’s Golf Tournament, on Thursday, September 10, and Viva Italia, Gala Party and Dance, on Friday, September 11, both in support of Victoria Women’s Transition House.

A private golf event, which will also benefit KidSport, also takes place on September 12 at Bear Mountain. Organized by the Golf for Kids Foundation, the organization is a great supporter of children’s charities in the CRD.

In 2014, KidSport BC provided over 7,400 BC kids with a combined $1.6 million in sport registration grants. KidSport Victoria is the largest chapter in the province, providing opportunities for 1,200 kids. Between June 2002 and August 2015, KidSport Victoria has helped 7,561 children with $1,560,080 in sport registration grants to participate in such sports as soccer, hockey, swimming, baseball, skating, basketball and many more in the CRD.

The Links to Change Golf Tournament registration is $185, which includes an afternoon of golf at the Victoria Golf Club, contests, food and beverage on course, dinner/reception following the tournament,prizes, and a tax receipt for $85. To register, click here.

For more information on KidSport: www.kidsportvictoria.ca

Victoria Sports News is a proud supporter of KidSport Victoria.

Photo: Wendy Brown from Victoria Golf Club presents Patti Hunter with a cheque from the 2014 tournament