The Calgary Flames Foundation, Bill Comrie and KidSport Society of Calgary and Area (KidSport Calgary) are proud to announce a renewed partnership resulting in the renaming of the Comrie’s Sports Bank to the Calgary Flames Sports Bank. The Calgary Flames Foundation has supported the Sports Bank since it’s opening in Calgary in 2014. This extension is in place to increase the level of support for the Sports Bank, building on the great work the organization has done to date in helping more kids in southern Alberta gain access to sport by providing equipment to underprivileged youth and families.

Comrie’s Sports Bank was created in 2014 through the generous contributions of Bill Comrie and the Comrie Family. Bill Comrie is the founder and original title partner of the Sports Bank here in Calgary. The organization was formed through a partnership of individuals representing key community groups – the Hockey Canada Foundation, Hockey Alberta Foundation, Hockey Calgary, Sport Calgary, Calgary Flames Foundation, Western Hockey League, Calgary Hitmen and KidSport Calgary. Moving into the fall of 2020, Bill Comrie will pass this torch to the Calgary Flames Foundation as they will now be the lead partner in supporting the Calgary Flames Sports Bank Team and continuing this vision.

“It has always been a dream of mine to help kids who are unable to afford sports equipment, receive what they need to play a sport they love. I was one of those kids that received hockey equipment from a lost and found at an outdoor rink shack many years ago,” says Bill Comrie. “It is so exciting to partner with the Calgary Flames and KidSport. Together, the kids will be the beneficiaries and that will be our golden rule. I cannot end my comments without thanking Al Coates (board member and original chair), who was all in from the start. Without him this program would not have succeeded.”

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The Calgary Flames Sports Bank will continue to be a KidSport Calgary program with the goal to gather, recycle and redistribute used sports equipment at no cost to youth who would otherwise be denied the opportunity to participate. The Calgary Flames Sports Bank provides opportunities to youth to pursue their dreams in sport, as well as developing healthy and active lifestyles.

“We were involved in bringing the Sports Bank to Calgary when it opened in 2014 and since then, have watched the impact and support it has provided to families in our community, as well as the growth and achievements of this organization. The impact of the Sports Bank is significant and far reaching. We could not be more thrilled to move forward with KidSport Calgary with the increase and extension of this commitment to the Calgary Flames Sports Bank,” said Candice Goudie, Executive Director of the Calgary Flames Foundation. “The Flames Sports Bank will continue to compliment the Flames EvenStrength Program, HEROS, Super HEROS, Flames Community House League, Flames YMCA Grade 6 Program and support of the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s Every Kid Every Community program; programs helping remove barriers to participation in hockey and sport.”

“Having recently welcomed the Sports Bank to the KidSport Calgary family, we are thrilled to work alongside the Calgary Flames and the Calgary Flames Foundation to continue to support children in our community gain access to sport.” said Wilson Acton, Board Chair, KidSport Calgary. “We are proud to have seen such success with the Sports Bank during its first six years of operation through the generous contributions of Bill Comrie and the Comrie Family and look forward to continuing this momentum as the Calgary Flames Sports Bank.”

Equipment for more than 20 sports is available through the Flames Sports Bank. Since opening its doors in 2014 the Sports Bank has assisted 16,791 kids through the provision over 65,000 pieces of no cost equipment. The Calgary Flames Sports Bank is a community funded charity built to support qualified (low income) kids across Southern Alberta.

For more information visit www.flamessportsbank.ca

FAQ

Calgary Flames Sports Bank, formerly Comrie’s Sports Bank, was created in 2014 through the generous contributions of Bill Comrie and the Comrie Family. The Comrie’s were the title sponsor and the founder of the sports bank in Calgary from August 2014 until July 2020.

We were formed via a partnership of individuals representing key community groups – the Hockey Canada Foundation, the Calgary Flames Foundation the Hockey Alberta Foundation, Hockey Calgary, Sport Calgary, the Western Hockey League, Calgary Hitmen, and KidSport Calgary.

No, the Calgary Flames Foundation is a major funding partner.  They provide significant financial support as well as promotional and awareness support that helps us reach more kids and other organizations interested in teaming up with us  That said, we are a charity that supports families within Calgary and Southern Alberta and we require ongoing funding support from the community in order to provide assistance to the thousands of families each year.

Calgary Flames Sports Bank accepts new and gently used sports equipment for all major sports – hockey, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, football, basketball, tennis, badminton, skiing and snowboarding, roller blading, along with bikes and many others.  Visit our website for a full list of equipment we accept and do not accept. Our mandate is supporting kids so that is the priority for equipment we are looking to have donated.

We are supported by our amazing partners at the Wood Auto Group.  Donations can be dropped off at any of their 7 locations throughout Calgary.  Click here for locations.  Please ensure that all loose donations are placed in a clear plastic bag; one may be provided to you at time of drop off as well.

Once received, all equipment is sorted, then inspected to ensure it is safe and suitable to be used again.  Then it is sanitized here at our warehouse and put into inventory – ready for distribution to the next lucky youth.   We support kids 18 years and under, with the majority being 12 and under, within Southern Alberta.

We like to say, if you would not put your own child in it, then it is not likely suitable for re-use by our organization.  Please ensure that all donations are not outdated, ripped, torn, cracked or unsafe to wear any longer.

Yes. For every financial donation over $20, you will receive a charitable tax receipt via Canada Helps.  Please visit our website and click on the DONATE button to make a monetary donation. Tax receipts are not provided for equipment donations; however, we are very grateful and appreciate your donated equipment as it helps another child chase their sporting dreams.

The Calgary Flames Sports Bank relies on some amazing volunteers to help us operate and thrive.  We also rely on some amazing donors that have hosted fundraisers or donated in support of our mission.  We would love to discuss what the best fit might be for you. Contact us at admin@flamessportsbank.ca

Families and their children are supported by a number of agencies including KidSport, Flames Even Strength Program, City of Calgary Fee Assistance, Alberta Income Assistance, Jumpstart, A.I.S.H, School Boards trustees and other family support agencies. Click here to apply or if you are already receiving one of these subsidies or assistance you can click here to access our application.

No.  We are by appointment only.  Please call our office 403-202-0251 or email us in order to confirm qualification and to book an outfitting appointment.

The Calgary Flames Sports Bank is set up to service kids across Southern Alberta.  You can fill out the application here, upon qualification we would do a remote fitting with you and then through the generosity of our partners at Rosenau Transport we would have the equipment shipping to your city or town at no cost to you.

We have supported many programs with bulk equipment donations and would love to discuss how we could potentially help your program.  Get in touch with us today at admin@flamessportsbank.ca

Since opening our doors in August of 2014 we have assisted over 16,790 kids through the provision of over 65,000 pieces of no cost equipment.

Other interesting statistics to note:

  • Approx 65% equipment distributed is hockey and skating equipment
  • Approx 33% girls, 67% boys
  • 21 different sports supported
  • Over 25 different communities in Southern Alberta reached to date
  • Over 6523 volunteer hours since 2014
  • 65,223 pieces of equipment distributed
  • 16,791 kids have been assisted with no cost equipment

The Calgary Flames Foundation mission is to support initiatives that bring positive change to the lives of Southern Albertans. The Flames Foundation is committed to supporting education, health and wellness, and grassroots sports.