Jersey Day and Sports Expo coming to Mission

The two events happen back-to-back at the end of the month

Two events are being organized at the end of the month to promote sports in Mission.

National Jersey Day happens Nov. 29 and an Interactive Sports Expo is planned for Nov. 30 to celebrate Sports Day in Canada.

Jersey Day is a KidSport initiative, explained Stephanie Key, deputy director of the district’s Parks, Recreation and Culture department, which is planning the events.

On Nov. 29, everyone in the community is encouraged to wear their favourite sports jersey and donate at least $2 to the Mission KidSport fund.

“This can be the jersey of a local sports organization, school team or professional sport,” said Key. “The idea is to celebrate sports and active living and raise awareness and funds for KidSport.”

The organization encourages local youth to participate in sports by offering financial assistance for registration fees. Funds are raised throughout the year and all money raised stays in Mission, noted Key, who also heads Mission KidSport.

Jersey Day donations will be accepted at the leisure centre and municipal hall.

Last year more than $12,000 was provided to Mission sports organizations.

More than 15 local sports organizations will be participating in the Interactive Sports Expo on Nov. 30 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Leisure Centre.

There will be demonstrations and a chance for the public to try out activities such as speed skating, tennis, curling and kayaking. There will also be free skating from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. and free swimming from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

This is also an opportunity for local sports groups to answer questions and meet face to face with potential players.

“The purpose of the expo is to showcase to the community the sports opportunities available, inspire and promote active living,” said Key.

Volunteers can also sign up to help at the 2014 BC Winter Games in Mission.

For more information about these events, visit www.mission.ca.