July 11th, 2018 by

Sens Foundation assists active local kids

Senators dignitaries present a $10,000 cheque to YMCA Strong Kids Campaign on Wednesday. Chair of the campaign Kelly McKinney (middle, in beige jacket) accepted on behalf of the branch. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

The Ottawa Senators Foundation has remained committed to helping active children in the Quinte community.

With help from the Belleville Senators organization, the Sens Foundation paid a visit and donated a $10,000 cheque to the YMCA Belleville Strong Kids Campaign, through a grant from the Sens Camperships Fund on Wednesday. This $10,000 donation is expected to send 71 kids to one week of summer camp.

General Manager of the YMCA Belleville branch Amanda Smith says they were informed of the grant by one of their contacts at the Kingston YMCA branch last year and were encouraged to apply for it.

After applying, Smith says they received $7,500 from the Sens Foundation.

In total, the YMCA has received $17,500 from the Sens Foundation over the last two years.

She adds the partnership between the Foundation and the YMCA is very valuable.


As part of the event, young campers entertained the dignitaries with songs, dances, a gymnastics performance and a mini hockey game, while Ottawa Senators mascot Spartacat also appeared to entertain and energize the crowd.

For more information on the Sens Foundation, click HERE and to learn more about the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, click HERE

Ottawa Senators mascot Spartacat energizes the crowd at the Sens Foundation’s cheque presentation at YMCA Belleville on Wednesday. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)