Kids For Sports kicks off Grant Program

A program that has been in the building stages for just over a year now has finally kicked off, already granting two local applicants funds that allow them to participate in organized sports programs.

Monday night saw a small crowd in attendance, but the actual amount of participants to bring the foundation to life literally took a community.

Cory Clemetson spoke to the audience with dedication that stands behind the mission statement of Kids For Sports: “To ensure all kids are given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of playing organized sports. We do this by helping remove financial and other barriers that prevent kids from participating in sports.”

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Cory Clemetson, co-principle for Kids For Sports and co-owner of Wolf Creek Golf Club speaks about what drove him and his brother, Chad, to forming the foundation that helps kids participate in sports. Afterwards, Kathy Bussman, left, presented the core fundamentals of the foundation and the processes. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.

The idea started in a boardroom, but quickly spread once him and his brother Chad challenged their employees to create something that would work. “This really wouldn’t have been possible without our incredible team here at Wolf Creek,” he said.

They formed an advisory committee that represented the entire community, someone bringing something different to the table, which has clearly benefited the foundation overall, as they have raised an estimated $35,000 in their first year, with $28,900 available for distribution.

Their success has allowed them to sponsor one of the boys’ teams from the Virgin Valley Little League, who will wear uniforms with the Kids for Sports logo to every game, spreading the word about a solution to a problem so many children today face.

“A society grows great when old men plant trees who’s shade they know they shall never sit in.” That was a quote Clemetson first heard when he started coaching about two years ago from an organizer in Northern California. And it is this Greek Proverb that struck a chord with him and really pushed him to create something that would benefit those 20 years from now. The fundamentals of sports “give them the life lessons that will benefit them for a lifetime,” he said. “Hopefully those that we help will benefit from the sports and remember those lessons they learn.”

Kathy Bussman, Controller for Wolf Creek Golf Course, then spoke and gave an overview of the specifics of how the Foundation was formed, the road bumps they encountered along the way, and how they were able to bring this idea to fruition to benefit kids within the Virgin Valley, which includes Mesquite, Bunkerville, Scenic and Beaver Dam.

But here they are, a year later, and they are ready to start accepting applications from those children needing financial assistance to be able to participate in sports. Those applications can be obtained by printing from their website, www.kidsforsportsfoundation.org or picking one up from Wolf Creek Golf Course, 403 Paradise Parkway, or the Salvation Army in Mesquite at 355 W. Mesquite Boulevard Suite B50.

At this time, there are no deadlines to submit an application. There are no requirements to divulge personal information (other than normal name, address, phone) which keeps it simple and effective. Students seeking the assistance will have to disclose what it will be used for (registration fee, equipment, uniforms, travel or other) and a brief statement as to why they need the assistance.

With a sold out golf tournament, May’s Spring Wine Fest is sure to be sold out as well, with the monies raised going to the foundation’s efforts. They also have an account set up with the Smith’s Community Rewards program, something that the local schools have used for several years successfully. Anyone interested in that program the next time they shop at Smith’s just needs to tell the cashier they wish to sign up to this charity, #59701, and all of the purchases will count as credit that will eventually be paid to the foundation.

While their website is mostly operational, Bussman noted that some aspects, such as donating online, are still under construction. All of the Foundation’s information can be found there and those without internet access can call Bussman for any information at 702-345-6710.

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