sk-photoThe Simon Keith Foundation pledges free registration to all junior and youth CTG athletes

The Simon Keith Foundation has generously pledged its support to the Vancouver 2018 Canadian Transplant Games (CTG) by providing free registration to all transplant competitors 17 and under. This means all junior (ages 4 to 11) and youth (ages 12 to 17) who are registered athletes for the CTG by the May 15 registration deadline will be able to attend for free.

Canadian Transplant Association (CTA) president Dave Smith is excited about this sponsorship, “We want to ensure our youngest transplant recipients are encouraged to participate in sport. Not only will this generous donation help do that, Simon Keith is also an incredible role model for our kids.”

Simon Keith is the first athlete in the world to return to professional sport after a heart transplant. He grew up in Victoria and was a promising soccer prospect as part of the Canadian National Team Soccer program. He was diagnosed with myocarditis and received a heart transplant on July 7, 1986. Amazingly, he returned to competitive soccer with the University of Las Vegas in Nevada. Simon went on to be drafted first overall in the Major Indoor Soccer League. Now he is one of the world’s longest living heart transplant recipients. (Learn more about him HERE.)

Simon says it is a privilege and honour to be able to sponsor all juniors and youths who want to compete in the Games. “As part of our ongoing commitment to support children who have undergone a life-saving organ transplant, we are especially committed to programs that assist those who desire a return to an active and healthy lifestyle. The ability for youth to compete in the Canadian Transplant Games showcases the incredible gift of life that they have received, while celebrating the heroic donors and donor families.”

Read full press release from The Simon Keith Foundation HERE.

Thank you Simon!!!!

Brenda Brown
Games Manager, Vancouver 2018 CTG

 

For those eligible athletes who have already registered: the Canadian Transplant Association will be contacting you with details on reimbursement of your registration fees.

For new athletes, please register HERE

When you have completed the form and need to select a payment option, please choose “Pay by Cheque”. This will complete your registration without requiring payment. Please remember, The Simon Keith Foundation sponsorship is only available for transplant athletes 17 years of age and under. Family members who would like to attend the Games need to register separately. Please be mindful the Early Bird rates for Adults ends April 21.

 

Additional information about Simon’s inspirational story and current initiatives can be found at www.thesimonkeithfoundation.com and www.simonkeith.com.