We provide funding assistance to local minor athletes, sports groups and charities.
It all started over 74 years ago! Thanks for your interest & support!Updated Thursday October 18, 2018 by Kitchener Sports Association.
In 1944, a group of sports and community-minded individuals formed the Kitchener Sports Association in response to the need for an all-event, year-round sports and entertainment facility.
Working closely with the City of Kitchener, KSA’s dream was realized with the opening of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in the spring of 1950. In 1989, KSA provided funding for the construction of the Teaching Theatre at the Aud and has been directly involved with the on-going renovation and improvement of the Aud. complex including the track paving at Centennial Stadium in 1996 and the Kraut Memorial in 2003.
KSA has provided funding for community betterment projects such as the lights & renovation of Country Hills Lions Ball Park in 1993 and spear headed the creation of The Waterloo County Hall of Fame in 1972. (KSA remains an active sponsor of The Waterloo County Hall of Fame.)
Since 1989, KSA has held an annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner whereby each organizations nominate a deserving volunteer. Other on-going projects include the awarding of Scholarships to graduating high-school students (started in 1996), the "Ted Scharf" Humanitarian Award (started in 2003), and (since 2004), the Olympic Dreams Program until it was essentially replaced with the more "all-embracing" Athletic Excellence Program in October, 2012.
In 2006 the KSA established a Legacy Fund to help ensure the financial support provided to local athlets and minor sports groups can be maintained for future generations. As of June 2016, the Fund has grown to over $140,000.
KSA continues to sponsor the Awards of Excellence Program (part of the Athlete of the Year event) and, in 2011, took on the title sponsorship of the Athlete of the Year Program as well.
Major recent projects have included a $100,000 donation for the Activa SportsPlex (WRBA and KMHA), $11,400 for sports equipment for the new Family and Children's Services facility and $7,000 for batting cages at Breithaupt Park in 2015. In 2017, KSA provided $40,000, to Pride Stables for renovations and upgrades to their indoor riding facilities.
In September, 2012, KSA announced that it was expanding the eligibility reqirements for all its grant programs to include residents of the City of Waterloo and the Townships of Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich as well as those of the City of Kitchener. This lead to an increase in the number of annual scholarship awards to 6 (in 2013) from the previous 4. As of 2017, the number increased to 8 with the amount adjusted to $1,500 each.
In the spring of 2013, KSA announced the establishment of a program to provide financial support to local minor sports groups that offer subsidized registration fees. (KSA Fee-assistance Program) This ongoing committment has grown to be KSA's largest annual funding outlay with over $20,000 dispersed in 2017 alone. We want to ensure everyone gets to play!
With money raised from the sale of 50/50 tickets at Kitchener Ranger home games, KW Titans home games (as of Dec, 17, 2016) bingo, and fundraisers such as Spin 12(now discontinued), KSA continues to sponsor local athletes and minor sports with numerous grants and is always receptive to receiving requests for assistance from them and local charities.
Donations are always welcome and are tax deductible when made though the Legacy Fund or, as with other Kitchener-based not-for-profits, through the City of Kitchener.
On behalf of local athletes, we thank you for you continued support and,