Donation helps kids, teens with autism play sports

More than 200 children will get the chance to get in the game thanks to donation from Westminster Savings Foundation

More than 200 children and teens living with autism will have the opportunity to take part in high quality, adapted soccer, skating and basketball programs thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Westminster Savings Foundation.

The funding will help support the Canucks Autism Network’s fall session of sports programs in Langley, Surrey, Burnaby, Pitt Meadows, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.

“We are committed to supporting projects that provide access to active living opportunities, and we believe that everyone should be able to experience the fun and personal enrichment that participation in sport activities can provide,” said Gavin Toy, the president and CEO of Westminster Savings Credit Union.

Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round, highly supported sports, recreation, social and arts programs for children, teens and young adults living with autism in British Columbia.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous funding from the Westminster Savings Foundation,” said Katy Harandi, the CEO for CAN.

“The funds will provide vital support to help the growing number of families living with autism across the province. Our I CAN Play programs enable children and youth with autism to participate in sports activities that build physical health, confidence, self-esteem and social skills.”

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