Looking back: 2011 True Sport Give-Back Challenge Winner

In 2011, contest submissions for the second annual True Sport Give-Back Challenge came in from across the country.

2011 Winner

In 2011, contest submissions for the second annual True Sport Give-Back Challenge came in from across the country. Inspiring and creative stories of how sport had been used to improve communities truly showed how good sport can make a great difference.

On September 14, after a four-day voting period, “Pump it Up for Platelets” was announced the 2011 True Sport Community Give-Back Challenge winner. The event was a 5-km walk/run organized by Kristin Hunt, from Saint-Lambert, QC, to raise awareness of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) – a lesser-known autoimmune disease that attacks platelets. Approximately 50 people participated and 20 volunteers helped run the event. The walk/run generated funds for the Platelets Disorder Support Association (PDSA), a North American non-profit organization.

"I was so honoured and excited that ‘Pump it Up for Platelets’ won the True Sport Give-Back Challenge, which allowed me to further support the PDSA,” said Hunt. “It is my goal to continue encouraging those around me to participate in sport and physical activity no matter what limitations they may experience in life, and at the same time, spread awareness of ITP in Canada."

What advice does Kristin have for anyone interested in entering the 2013 True Sport Community Give-Back Challenge?

“Find a sport that you’re really passionate about and a cause that goes with it. For me, I’ve been a runner since I was eight years old. I love to run and for me it’s a very personal cause. To combine the two was a perfect idea and because of that I was very motivated and enthusiastic to get people involved. Be passionate about something and try to rally other people to help you with it.”

For information about the 2013 True Sport Give-Back Challenge, please visit:  www.truesportpur.ca/givebackchallenge