Capital One Race for Kids

Organization Sponsor: Capital One Race for Kids

Organization Partner: Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC)


Program Description

Capital One Race for Kids is a return to the best adventures of childhood, embracing the carefree days of being a kid, and a bonding experience for participants as they challenge their skills while raising funds for all boys and girls to have the same opportunity.

Urban adventure activation and media challenge in advance of the Capital One Race for Kids, BGCC's first-ever national fundraising event and media challenge.

In 14 communities across Canada, teams of five will compete in a series of 10 themed checkpoint challenges in a race to the finish line. Checkpoints will be designed to incorporate activities that focus the mind and challenge the body.

At the finish line, there will be a celebration party and awards ceremony to commemorate completion of the race!

Between 3 p.m and 7 p.m – that’s when 40 percent of violent crimes against children take place. It’s also when many parents struggle to find quality care for their children, sometimes being forced to leave children unsupervised and at a higher risk for bullying, developing unhealthy habits and other risky activities.

Boys and Girls Club’s afterschool programs do more than simply curb these threats by providing a safe environment – they turn that daily four hour block of time into a window of opportunity – to run, play, make friends, share a healthy snack or meal, learn a new skill or hobby and get help with their homework.

Research shows that after school programs can play a key role in engaging young people in the learning process by providing opportunities to explore interests, gain competency in real world skills, solve problems, assume leadership roles, develop a group identity with similarly engaged peers, connect to adult role models and mentors, and become involved in improving their communities. In fact, after school programs can make all the difference in building the pre-requisites to learning - supporting not only academic achievement, but long-term competence and success as well.

Boys and Girls Clubs are there for and welcome all children and youth after school and at other times when they need a safe, fun supportive place to go. More than 70% of families who rely on Boys and Girls Clubs are in low-income communities. With your support, we can ensure our programs are accessible to all children by keeping membership fees low and waiving fees altogether for children in need.

We provide programs for children of all ages in the following core areas

Physical Activity, Health and Safety
Leadership, Growth and Empowerment
Learning and Career Development
Families and Communities

Media Launch Event:
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Media Challenge: 12:00 – 1:00PM
Urban Adventure Park Open to Public: 11:00AM – 6:00PM

On Thursday, May 31, 2012, 40 teams of five will gather at Yonge and Dundas for our inaugural event.
The Kick-off event begins at 5:00 p.m. with the Race warm up and opening ceremonies. At 6:00 p.m. the Race officially begins!

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, racers in 14 communities across the country will be able to take part in Capital One Race for Kids events organized by local Boys and Girls Clubs.

Program Approximate Cost: 

Teams will pay a $50 registration fee and will need to fundraise a minimum of $350 to take part in t

Funding Sources: 

Capital One

Strategies For Sustainability: 

We firmly believe that our young people not only serve as the foundation for the future but are firmly part of the present generation of global citizens: living, contributing, exploring, experiencing and learning. It is essential that every effort is made to ensure that all young people - regardless of their family’s structure or financial status - have the resources and support they need to reach their full potential.
All proceeds from Capital One Race for Kids will be directed toward your local Boys and Girls Club to support critical programs and services for children and youth living in your community.

Impact Of Program: 

Capital One Race for Kids that will take place in 17 communities all across the country this spring 2012, and is set to hit Kelowna on May 26, 2012.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Capital One Race for Kids is an adventure race with a unique twist. Teams of five will race around the community, solving clues and participating in kid-themed challenges and activities.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Teams of five will compete in a series of 10 themed challenging checkpoints in a race to the finish line. Checkpoints will be designed to incorporate activities that focus the mind and challenge the body. Challenges are not based on athletic prowess or mental superiority; rather they are designed for fun and building teamwork.

Length and Stage of Project: 


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