The Promoting Community through Kids in Sport Program (PuCKS) is a registered charity that "Keeps kids in school using Sports as the Tool."
That is, PuCKS helps kids to stay (and succeed) in school by offering the incentive of team sports and 'big-buddy' relationships with university student mentors and athletes.
PuCKS works with marginalized kids ages 8 to18 who are financially in need and/or recently re-settled in Canada through its annual 10 month comprehensive program of:
a) Team Sports (soccer, hockey, and more)
b) Lit-Fit (after-school literacy and homework club)
- Registered Canadian Charity # 84877 0780 RR0001 (tax deductible receipts available)
- Youth ages 8 to 18 who have limited finances and/or are newly resettled to Canada
- Sport Registration Fees, Gear and Instruction (hockey, soccer, and more)
- Lit-Fit (a 3 days per week after-school literacy, skills, homework and math-tutoring program)
- University student mentorship model: Health Promotion, Community Development & Research
- Accountability Contract - Personal Portfolio (mandatory annual submission) that includes:
- Success Story
- Goal setting re: Education, Hockey & Community
- Volunteer hours
- School achievements
To move the PuCKS Program into all communities throughout Canada. PuCKS is currently piloting in Langley & Aldergrove, BC.
Founded in August 2005 by Connie Klimek who teaches Health Promotion and Community Development in a Canadian BSN Nursing Program. Connie strongly believes that kids are the building blocks of healthy communities and that no child should be left without the tools they need to be successful in life.
Using sport to enhance education & literacy is powerful. Sport & education can positively shape (and re-direct) individual lives. Strong individuals make strong communities. Strong communities are PuCKS foundation. By pulling together, little dreams are made into big realities; empowerment is promoted; and, kids can achieve their full potential ~ life-long." - Connie Klimek, 2007.