Founded in 2007 by Gerry and Kristin St. Cyr, SportAssist began when Gerry noticed a young player walking down the road, carrying his equipment bag. After seeing the same player several times following drop-in hockey, Gerry stopped to talk with the boy, and found out he could only afford to come to the occasional drop-in session, with no way to pay his way onto a league team.
As the operator at City Centre Park, Gerry noticed that there were other kids dropping out of sports they obviously still loved to play. In many cases, the reason was financial. Determined that kids in our community shouldn't have to give up playing just because they couldn't afford league fees, Gerry approached Langford Mayor Stu Young, who quickly agreed to help, donating $2,500 from the Mayor's annual charity golf tournament to help get SportAssist up and running.
Three months later, SportAssist launched its own fund-raising tournament at Bear Mountain, attracting 144 golfers, over 30 sponsors, and raising $20,000. SportAssist's annual golf tournament has become a much anticipated event in the Western communities, and continues to be the leading source of funding for our organization.
During its fifth year, SportAssist became a registered non-profit society with a board of directors committed to continuing and growing the organization and extending a hand-up to even more youth. Our goals for the future include expanding the number of youths we are able to support, and achieving charitable organization status, another way we can continue to build on our growing list of supporters.
SportAssist has been proud to support hundreds of local kids, helping them play the sports they love, and is looking forward to expanding our support for youth and our community in the years to come.