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TRAINING WITH A PRO: THE FOOTBALL EDITION
 

It’s back! Local youth are getting another chance to train alongside local football hero Nigel Romick of the Ottawa Redblacks at ‘Training with a Pro – The Football Edition’. The program offers two dry-land training clinics, where youth between the ages of 5 and 13 are given the opportunity to train with a local professional football player, all in support of PRO Kids.

Two two-hour clinics are scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Lakehead University Hangar. Each clinic is age specific and participants will go through a typical dry-land training workout and have the opportunity to meet and have a photo taken with Nigel.  

We would like to recognize and thank Tbaytel for coming on as the presenting sponsor for these clinics.

Nigel Romick with Kids

Registration cost is $50 per participant. The first clinic will run from 9 - 11 am for participants’ ages 5-9 years. The second clinic will run from 11 am - 1 pm for participants’ ages 10-13 years. Registration begins Thursday, Nov. 30. To register, call 625-8463.

For any additional questions please contact Laura Daniele at 625-3212.

PAST EVENTS: 

CONQUER THE TOWER 2017 

They came, they saw and they most certainly conquered. Conquer the Tower returned this Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Canada Games Complex. The annual fundraiser had brave local participants jumping off the diving platforms in support of PRO Kids and the Thunder Bay Club.  

 Mario and Luigi Jumping

Participants are nominated by an employer, coworker or friend to jump from one of the Canada Games Complex platforms based on their level of funds raised. In order to jump from the top 10m Tower, $1000 in pledges must be raised. 15 brave participants were up to the task this year.

Through generous sponsorships and participant pledges, Conquer the Tower raised an amazing $26,948 this year, bringing the events running total to $133,962.
 
Levaero Aviation returned for the second year as Conquer the Tower’s presenting sponsor. Robert Arnone, CEO and President of Levaero Aviation, is a strong supporter of PRO Kids. “PRO Kids and the Thunder Bay Diving Club provide a treasured service to youth and families in our community,” said Robert Arnone. “Our youth represent our future.  No matter what activities our youth select, it is those activities that build character and teach and develop analytical and strategic thinking skills. As parents, teachers, siblings, coaches, community leaders or business leaders, we not only owe it to our children, we owe it to ourselves to ensure that our children are afforded every opportunity to grow and succeed”.

PRO Kids and the Thunder Bay Diving Club are thrilled with Conquer the Tower’s continued success over the years. Both organizations would like to thank our sponsors, including:

Presenting Sponsor:
Levaero Aviation

10m Tower Sponsors:
North Star Air
Private Air
Grant Thornton
Red River Holdings
TBT Engineering
Bight Restaurant and Bar
El Tres
Lowerys
Magic 99.9
Country 105.3

7m Tower Sponsors:
Lakehead Motors Limited
RBC
Boston Pizza

5m Tower Sponsors:
Picture Store
Bearskin Airlines
Bruno's Contracting
Colosimo Financial  
     

We would also like to thank our 15 brave participants:

Participant Photo

Corey Stevenson, Trainers Edge
Sarah Holden, Boston Pizza
Taylor Hosanna, Grant Thornton
Jonny Doughty, Thunder Bay Professional Fire Fighters Association
Elyse Mussell, Thunder Bay Diving Club
Josh Swearengen, PRO Kids
John Luft, LCPS Chartered Accountants
Meaghan Sharp, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
S.Sgt Derek West, Thunder Bay Police
Bryan Bishop, Levaero Aviation
Roland Piche, Levaero Aviation
Pastor Tim Barone, Calvary Lutheran Church
Doug Wood, City of Thunder Bay
Melissa Jostiak, RBC
Jorge Pupo, TBT Engineering

Last but certainly not least we would like to thank our wonderful volunteers and donors who helped make this year’s event another one for the books.  

 

TRAINING WITH A PRO: THE BASEBALL EDITION

Training with a Pro: the Baseball Edition hit it out of the park on Sunday, Aug. 20. The newest addition to the Training with a Pro series saw 29 youth practice their baseball skills alongside former local baseball pros. The fundraiser also generated over $1,400 in support of PRO Kids. 

The clinic ran for four and a half hours on Sunday at George Burke Park. Local former pros Chris Toneguzz(Milwaukee Brewers Organization), Bob Jesperson (Cincinnati Reds Organization) and Dan Grant (Northern Iowa Panthers) led participants through drills that focused on pitching, hitting and positioning. The day was then wrapped up with a game of baseball.

PRO Kids would like to thank and recognize presenting sponsor Tbaytel.

Baseball 1

CALLING ON THUNDER BAY: RECYCLE YOUR CELLPHONES WITH TBAYTEL TO HELP PRO KIDS

2017 will mark the 13th year that Tbaytel has been collecting and recycling unwanted cellphones to support PRO Kids. That means when you bring your old devices to be recycled at a location listed below, the proceeds will place Thunder Bay children and youth into recreational programs.

Recycle your cellphones

It's a simple concept but the impact is tremendous. The initiative raised over $1,200 in 2016.

The public is encouraged to bring their broken, used, or unwanted cellphones to the following locations:

                   -     Tbaytel Retail Store, 959 Fort William Rd
                   -     The Power Centre, 707 Memorial Ave
                   -     Touch Unwired, 1080 Lithium Dr
                   -     Touch Unwired, 540 Arthur St                    

In addition, cellphones may be dropped off at PRO Kids in the Community Services Department at the Victoriaville Civic Centre to be brought to one of the authorized locations above.

PRO Kids would like to thank Tbaytel for their support, and their continued commitment to giving back to our local community.

For more information please contact Laura Daniele, PRO Kids Coordinator at 625-3212 or prokids@thunderbay.ca

MAC'S FAMILY SKATE

What a fantastic night! Over 350 people came out to support PRO Kids at the Mac's Family Skate at the Fort William Gardens. PRO Kids would like to thank our presenting sponsor Mac's Convenience Stores as well as Boston Pizza, RBC, The Chronicle Journal and Rainbow Printers. Another huge thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers including the Thunder Bay North Stars and the face painters provided by OKC.
We'll see you at the next skate!

Mac's Family Skate 2017

TRAINING WITH A PRO: THE FOOTBALL EDITION
Local professional football player Nigel Romick, of the Grey Cup winning team the Ottawa Redblacks, participated in the football edition of Training with a Pro. Children and youth ages 5-13 spent two hours with the CFL pro at the Lakehead University hangar on Saturday Dec. 17 for football themed training clinics. The event drew in over 40 participants and raised over $2000 support of PRO Kids. We would like to thank presenting sponsor Tbaytel for supporting our event.  

Nigel Romick with Kids

 

SHAW ROCKIN' SANTA SKATE 
Friday Dec. 9 saw another successful and rockin Santa Skate at the Fort William Gardens. PRO Kids thanks presenting sponsor Shaw as well as Boston Pizza, the Lakehead Thunderwolves, RBC, the Chronicle Journal and Rainbow Printers. Thank you to the over 400 people who attended and supported PRO Kids. We hope you had as much fun as we did! 

 Shaw Rockin Santa Skate 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer work available through P.R.O. Kids - assisting with administrative and organizational tasks. P.R.O. Kids facilitates placing children in community programs that are run by other organizations, but does not actually interact with the children we support.

Fall Placement Support

Over half of the applications received in one year arrive in the fall. This is an especially busy time for the P.R.O. Kids Coordinator. Extra support is needed to place children into fall programs in a timely fashion. This is a short-term volunteer position involving 20 hours a week for four weeks beginning mid-August and ending in mid-September. Interested? Call the P.R.O. Kids Coordinator at 625-3212.

Event Planning

On occasion, larger-scale events are scheduled, and the P.R.O. Kids Coordinator requires additional support. These are short-term in nature to assist in the planning relating to one specific event (e.g., Family Skating Events, Mayor’s Mulligan). Interested in helping? Call the P.R.O. Kids Coordinator at 625-3212.

Alternatively, if you would like to volunteer by helping at events, contact the P.R.O. Kids Coordinator at 625-3212 and add your name to the P.R.O. Kids Event Team list today!

P.R.O. Kids Board of Directors

The P.R.O. Kids Board Members are residents of the City of Thunder Bay and represent a wide range of interests and expertise. For more information, refer to the Board page.

P.R.O. Kids Fundraising Committee

This is a very active group that meets once a month. Members oversee fundraising through activities & events, dress-down days, merchandise sales, and direct approaches, as well as grants and funding opportunities. New members are welcome at any time during the year. Interested? Call the P.R.O. Kids Coordinator at 625-3212.