Investors Group: Investing in Sport – Investing in Community
Investors Group and the True Sport Foundation share the belief that good sport can make a great difference –in our individual lives and in the quality of life in our communities. As part of Investors Group’s commitment to the True Sport Principles ...
Creating the Conditions for Giving Back
The Sport We Want:
Find ways to show your appreciation for the community that supports your sport and helps make it possible.
Investors Group and the True Sport Foundation share the belief that good sport can make a great difference – a great difference in our individual lives and a great difference in the quality of life in our communities. As part of Investors Group’s commitment to True Sport, they established the Investors Group Community Sport Volunteer Program in partnership with the True Sport Foundation to recognize the hard work and dedication of Investors Group employees and Consultants who volunteer in community-based sport programs. Through this giving program, direct financial support is granted to the sports groups with which Investors Group employees and Consultants are involved.
The volunteer program was launched in June 2010 and has received a tremendous response from Investors Group employees and Consultants across Canada.
Mark Liang of Bedford, Nova Scotia, has been a volunteer with the Atlantic Canada Ping Pong Association for the last three years. In August, he received a grant through the program and used it to help promote his favourite sport.
“I love table tennis,” said Liang. “I’ve played since I was a child and I’ve done a lot of volunteering with the local club. With Investors Group support, I can help the club hold more successful events and get more people involved in table tennis. We can hold more group tournaments and build up the platform for people to meet each other and play table tennis and improve together. That’s very important.”
On the opposite side of Canada is Kam Siemens of Terrace, British Columbia. She gives back to her community by volunteering her time with the U14 Girls Community Volleyball team Northern Fusion. As the head coach, Siemens used the grant she received to help keep costs low and grow the sport in her community.
“We started off with just one club team in our small community,” said Siemens. “Last year, we grew from one team to three club teams. Now this year, we’re looking at adding two more. It’s developed into a huge program. We don’t want to ever turn anyone away. If a child only wants to play recreationally, that’s fabulous, we will find a spot for them and they’ll practice with us. It’s very inclusive.”
In Okotoks, Alberta, Matt Lukowich is just as busy outside of work as he is behind his desk. He volunteers countless hours every year with the two hockey teams (the Okotoks Pee Wee AA Oilers and the AAA Firehawks) as well as the Okotoks Dawgs baseball club. He’s proud to give back to his community and is happy that his work helps him do so.
“The Investors Group Community Sport Volunteer Program allows us to give back to the community that gives us so much,” said Lukowich. “There is nothing more frustrating that being forced to close a door on a dream because of money. Receiving this grant has helped remove that hurdle and allowed kids to continue pursuing their dream of playing a game they love so much. We’re incredibly grateful that the program exists.”
These were just a few examples of the how the Investors Group Community Sport Volunteer Program is living the True Sport Principle of Giving Back. If you’re a volunteer or interested in giving back to your community, take part in this year’s True Sport Give Back Challenge!