Founding Partner Spotlight – Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group
They re-established CFL football in Ottawa. They transformed Lansdowne Stadium into the “Jewel on the Rideau Canal.” And most importantly for Kids Up Front Ottawa, as founding partners they were instrumental in supporting the 2017 launch of our ticket program in Ottawa. As we conclude our fiscal year, we are taking this opportunity to reflect on our partnership with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).
Since day one, OSEG has been a key supporter of our program. Their program contributions have provided thousands of deserving children and youth with access to exciting hockey, football, basketball and soccer games. Children and youth have had an opportunity to be a part of the crowd and feel connected with their community in a way that only sports can provide. It’s incredible to partner with groups who consistently empower our program participants to get off the sidelines and involved in pursuing new activities, which develop new interests and passions!
In 2019, OSEG provided 2,992 experiences for the children, youth, and families in our program. These tickets created memories for children from 62 unique child-serving agencies from across the National Capital Region. These experiences represent a financial contribution of $42,887.
Attending these enriching sporting events helps to foster feelings of inclusion and belonging in the children we support. It encourages children to connect with their community, exploring new events and interests in safe and supportive environments. These donations also empower our program participants to get off the sidelines and involved in pursuing new activities.
Earlier this season, two ticket recipients were so inspired by an Ottawa 67’s game that they have started pursuing their own dreams of playing professional hockey.
“They both had a great time watching hockey and have both now started to learn to skate in hopes of playing when they’re older. Being able to see the game in person captures the excitement of the game as well as the feeling of community in support of Ottawa’s junior team. Thanks again to the donors for providing this opportunity.” – KUF Ticket Recipient
We are grateful to be partnered with such strong champions of the Ottawa community spirit. Thank you to the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group for their tremendous support!