We are delighted to announce that KATS has been selected as one of the winners of the Best on the Block program in Victoria. Out of all the camps, classes and activities on the ChatterBlock website, Victoria parents thought that we were one of the best.
Our sincere thanks to all those who voted for us.
Presents KATS with a cheque for $5,000.00
Thank you, thank you TELUS for your continuing support!!!
Your generosity allows us to reach even more kids in need.
We are delighted to announce that The Victoria Foundation has once again awarded us a grant of $12,500.00
Their generous support has allowed us to extend our program geographically to include most of the Capital Regional District and to additional diverse populations.
We could not have achieved the remarkable growth we have experienced without their help.
Our heartfelt thanks!!!
We would like to acknowledge and express our heartfelt thanks to Canadian Tire Jumpstart for their continuing support. Their recent donation of $10,000.00 will help us to reach even more children and youth who are disadvantaged financially or struggle with physical and/or cognitive disabilities.
Our sincere thanks!!!!
Tennis Canada Director of Community Tennis, Richard Crowell and Tennis BC Director of Community Development, Jeannie Rohr present Sy Silverberg, with the
“Tennis Canada Excellence Award” for 2015.
We are delighted to announce that Canadian Web Hosting, once again, will be donating their excellent services to help our cause.
We thank you for your support from the very start of our program!
THE VICTORIA FOUNDATION HAS POSTED AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE ON KATS
ON THEIR WEBSITE
Congratulations Jimmy Costamagna!!!!
KATS Head Coach and Program Director
Tennis BC has announced the awarding of
“Community Coach of the Year”
Well deserved. Way to go Jimmy!!!
We wish to express our sincere appreciation to Canadian Tire Jumpstart for their continued very generous support.
This is their second year helping us to help kids in-need to become more physically active.
We are delighted to welcome National Bank, a staunch supporter of tennis in Canada.
Our sincere thanks for your generous donation!
We are currently running our Winter program at CDI College, classes at George Jay Elementary and Victor Brodeur French School.
We have agreed to conduct classes for three elementary schools in Sooke (Sooke, Saseenos, and Savory) and are waiting to hear from one other.
We will conduct our first classes in conjunction wit Westshore Recreation Centre in the Spring.
We are delighted to be working with the Canuck Autism Network to run two days of classes for 60 very special kids this July at their Multisport Day Program at Shawnigan Lake.
Our sincere appreciation to Investors Group of Victoria BC for their generous support of our program.
We have concluded a series of classes for George Jay Elementary, Lau Welnew Tribal High School, Lansdowne Middle School, Victor Brodeur French School, Tillicum Elementary and Sidney Elementary. Next Fall we will include Quadra Elementary and Craigflower.
This summer we are running classes for thirteen organizations: the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Clubs, Burnside/Gorge Community Centre, Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Vic West Community Centre, Inter-Cultural Association, Cridge Centre for the Family, Tillicum Community School, James Bay Community Centre, Fernwood Community Centre, Saanich Neighbourhood Place, Songhees Wellness Centre and Oaklands Community Centre.
We are delighted and grateful to acknowledge generous donations from: Canadian Tire Jumpstart, The Victoria Foundation, The Thomas Foundation Coast Capital Credit Union, Tennis Canada, C-Fax Santa’s Anonymous Fund, Telus, The Royal Bank of Canada,The CKNW Orphan’s Fund, The TLC Fund for Kids, ViaSport and the Province of British Columbia, The Victoria Real Estate Board, Peninsula Co-op, Tennis BC, ParticipACTION and the South Island Tennis Association.
We want to express our appreciation to Alan Bowles of LocalBizReach whose generous creative efforts have produced this website. And thanks to Keri McCabe, the Wilson Canada rep in Vancouver, who has been more than generous in supplying us with equipment at excellent prices.
In July 2014, and again in April 2015, we were fortunate enough to secure the services of Robert Bettauer, one of the most qualified and recognized players/teachers in Canada to conduct all-day training sessions for our volunteers. Thirty-six women and men participated; all agreed that it was a fantastic experience providing them with the skills they needed.
“All the instructors were very knowledgeable/professional and worked well with the youth to deliver a very positive program … really contribute to the community by helping youth be exposed to new sports and assist in reaching their health and welness needs”.
Chris McElroy, Community Recreation Director, Songhees Nation
The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth June 2015, the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada, gives a D- for Overall Physical Activity Levels
as only nine per cent of 5-17 year-olds get 60 minutes of heart-pumping activity each day. This is the third year in a row that Canadian youth have received this deplorable rating.
We have been selected as 1 of 4 finalists in the Canada-wide “RBC Sports Day in Canada, Sports Moves Us” contest and we will be featured on the the CBC.
Today we were delighted to receive a generous grant from The Telus Victoria Community Board. Pictured is Mel Cooper, Board Chair, presenting cheque for $5,000.00 at one of our Winter classes. Heartfelt thanks to TELUS!
The Victoria Foundation has approved a grant of $12,500.00 to KATS. This very generous gift will allow for further expansion of the program. We will reach more kids in Victoria and begin to reach out to the “Westshore” communities. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for their support.
Since our inception 3 years ago the TLC Fund For Kids has been a generous supporter of our efforts. With their help, more than 2,200 kids “in-need” have been introduced to tennis. We see this as an introduction to physical literacy with all the attendant benefits that come with it. THANK YOU once again TLC!!!!
We are delighted to announce that Courtside Sports of Victoria BC have combined forces with HEAD and PENN to provide us with outstanding pricing on equipment purchases. Our sincere thanks to all.
In May 2014, our first three programs for kids ages 5-8, 9-12 and teens were successfully completed at Vic West Community Centre. As a result of the waiting list and demand, we conducted four more classes in July and August. Those months also saw eight weeks of classes for kids at Saanich Neighbourhood Place Community Centre. In addition, we provided weekly tennis classes to the Quadra Village Community Centre throughout the summer.
August 5 saw a class for 15 refugee and recent immigrant teenagers for The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. On August 7 we conducted a class for 14 Aboriginal teens for The Victoria Native Friendship Centre and In September we began a series of classes for The Cridge Centre for the Family.
In November we conducted classes for our second Aboriginal group, The Songhees Nation at their new Wellness Centre. Also in November, we partnered with The Pacific Institute For Sports Excellence (PISE) and conducted tennis classes for grades 1- 5 at Tillicum Elementary school.
” Providing universal access for children…to foster, emotional and social well-being is a great match with our Mission. Supported instruction and mentoring in sports has great potential for positive identity building, self-expression and self-esteem”.
Kelly Greenwell, Executive Director, Quadra Village Community Centre.
“What I appreciate most about the KATS program is twofold. Firstly, their program is inclusive.
It allowed for youth of all backgrounds, ages, skill levels, and degrees of language
comprehension to have fun and develop fundamental tennis skills. Second, the teaching
methods used by KATS extend far beyond tennis itself. The coaches went ‘the extra step’ to
teach and demonstrate good sportsmanship, while showing genuine interest in the youth, and
taking the time to celebrate their improvements to boost their self esteem”.
Youth Services Facilitator
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria