Visions of sticking a perfect landing off the ski jump, posting a world record bobsled run and scoring the game winner in the gold medal hockey final – we’ve played out these dreams many a times growing up. There’s something magical about the Olympics that captivates us all. The red and white soaring over the crowds with all cameras on you with “Oh Canada!” blasting through the grandstands. Ask yourself what it must be like to stand on the podium and at that exact moment, knowing that all of Canada shares in your pride of accomplishment, recognizing you as the world’s best. Can you imagine?
Every child dreams of being a Winter Olympics Champion
The Olympics signify all things that are pure about athleticism. Olympians, after years of hard work, along with relentless commitment, and hours and hours of practice intermingled with competitions, their efforts culminate into one worldwide event – the Olympics. I’m overwhelmed by an immense sense of pride that I feel for both my country and the Canadian Olympic team… it’s hard to put into words. For lack of vocab, I’d prefer to describe as a feeling. I get the same high from seeing one of our athletes reach the podium as I do after a grueling workout. Laying on the floor in a pool of sweat (aka “awesome sauce”), a feeling of utter contentment envelops me as I acknowledge to myself that I’ve done something good, taking me one step closer to my own personal goals. Olympians embody everything that is good about perseverance, the will of greatness, and endless pride for community after community, spanning from Coast-to-Coast. They not only compete for themselves but they carry the weight of the Country on their shoulders (and we ride with them proudly).
As a child, I dreamed of the Olympics and what it would have been like to be there as an athlete. Now I experience it differently. I look to my own daughters now as they gaze on at the TV as our athletes summit the podium in Sochi. No matter the age, or where you are in life, during the next few weeks all Canadians wear their red and white pride on their sleeves – “Oh Canada!”
What is the Jumpstart?
Sports are an important part in shaping a child’s life but the reality is that 1 in 3 Canadian families cannot afford to get their kids involved in sport and recreation. Jumpstart is a nationally registered charity that helps kids experience the joy and life skills that comes through participating in sports. Jumpstart gives kids (aged 4-18) a sporting chance by covering costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation. Since 2005, Jumpstart has helped almost 700,000 kids (and counting) get in the game! 100% of donations to Jumpstart go straight to achieve their vision of helping equip kids for life and directing them towards a better future. Together we can help all kids play!
Jumpstart Olympic Ambassadors making their Winter Games mark in Sochi #JSAmbassadors
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is proud to have 10 Olympic Ambassadors attending the Winter Games in Sochi. In support, Canadian Tire and Sport Chek will be donating $5,000 to Jumpstart for every goal scored by one of the Jumpstart Olympic ambassador’s. These Ambassadors include Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby, Hayley Wickenheiser and Meaghan Mikkelson. To learn more about the Ambassadors, visit the Ambassadors tab on Jumpstart’s Facebook page
FYI, at time of writing this post, Hayley Wickenheiser scored a goal in the games and $5000 has already been donated! Hayley Wickenhiser became the youngest female to wear the Red and White jersey for the Canadian Women’s team at the age of 15. She has won 3 Gold medals and 1 Silver medal and Sochi will be her 6th Olympic winter games.
You Can Win too! Enter to win an AWESOME prize pack and more
To celebrate the Olympic Winter Games, Jumpstart has launched the Podium Predictor! Join in before February 20th and submit your total medal count prediction for the Canadian Olympic Team to be entered to WIN 1 of 17 daily prizes or a Grand Prize of a $250 Canadian Tire shopping spree!
Also, enter for a chance to win a $110 Prize Pack, including:
- Adidas small duffel bag
- Jumpstart slingback backpack
- Nike towel
- Canada games sweater
- Jumpstart lanyard & Ball
(Note: open to Canada only ends February 24th, 2014)
This is my disclaimer, “Just so you know, I have been compensated to share my ideas on this topic. Sometimes it is in the form of products, or services or even money… But here’s the thing; I won’t share anything with you that I don’t fully support. It doesn’t matter what it is, or how much they are willing to give me, if I don’t believe in it, It won’t be on my site. Seriously. You’ll just have to trust me on this.” ~ Moose