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Church wins Spec Change Challenge

Aug 14, 2014

The Peoples Community Church is the winner of the SpecKids Change Challenge. Its Peoples Community Sports group will receive a $25,000 grant to help with its activities. The group provides free access to soccer and basketball leagues for children from low-income families.

Willie Brown, organizer of Peoples Community Sports, said his team is "pretty excited."

"It's just going to allow us to do even greater things."

With the grant, the group will be able to boost registrations in its year-round leagues from 800 children to 1,300, Brown said, start a new volleyball league, buy equipment for it and buy new soccer uniforms.

Many volunteers assist with the sports leagues and the grant will enable the group to boost its support for those individuals.

One of them is particularly deserving of support, Brown explained: "We have a 14-year-old volunteer who is an incredible basketball player but he struggles to attend our practices because of lack of finances. We have a volunteer youth appreciation fund and we would like to use that to help him develop his basketball abilities."

The many entries in the challenge were narrowed to five finalists by the SpecKids team and voted on by the public, who cast 54,884 votes. Peoples Community Sports received the most: 25,621.

The other four finalists in the Change Challenge were the Neighbour to Neighbour's Reads and Seeds program; Taking Control of ME by Mission Services of Hamilton; the Employment Training Project run by the Sir Winston Churchill Student Success Mentoring EA Team; and the Wever Hub's WAVE After School Program.

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Did you know?

One out of every four children lives in poverty in Hamilton. Their rates of poverty are even worse than those of adult Hamiltonians.


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