Hip will participate in fundraising for the “Girls in Sport” program

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The Tragically Hip are donating a catalog of signed memorabilia to an online auction and contest taking place next month to raise money for Jumpstart’s ‘Girls in Sport’ project.

The Kingston group is also donating $50,000, as is co-sponsor Canadian Tire.

“Jumpstart is committed to empowering girls to stay engaged in sport for life through programs and advocacy, so that girls can become strong leaders in their communities,” reads a statement. Canadian Tire Corporation press release.

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The Tragically Hip have supported women’s hockey since the 1990s.

In November last year, the group was on hand when Olympic gold medalist Jayna Hefford’s Greater Kingston Girls Hockey Association jersey was hoisted to the rafters of the Leon’s Center before the Canadian and American women’s teams do not compete in the Rivalry Series.

“We were proud to watch the recent Summer and Winter Olympics and see the women punching way above their weight,” the band said in the statement. “It made us want to get involved and give more women the opportunity to play sports. Partnering with Canadian Tire to support Jumpstart’s Girls in Sport program seemed like the perfect fit for us.

The online auction will begin in April at ct100xthehip.ca.

“Jumpstart is grateful to The Tragically Hip and (Canadian Tire Corporation) for their generosity and for helping to educate young Canadians about the significant barriers to sport that remain,” said Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities President Scott Fraser.

“Programs like the Girls in Sport initiative are key to building our legacy of involving children, especially girls, in sport. The opportunity to play goes far beyond physical activity – sport teaches important life skills like courage, confidence and teamwork.

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