LETHBRIDGE – “I think Logan was going to influence a huge number of people throughout his life, one way or another.”
And so he has.
KidSport Lethbridge & Taber Executive Jonathan Dick made the comment Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11, as it was revealed that the Logan Boulet Fund has brought in $72,302.75 so far for the organization.
Of course, that’s in addition to the massive spike in people across the country who decided to become organ donors, after learning that the 21-year-old was a donor himself and was able to save others after he was among the 16 killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus collision last April.
“I think he truly saw what [sports] can do for people – the character-building aspect of sports,” continued Dick, who is a friend of the Boulet family and coached Logan in rugby. “I think he would have seen how much good this could have done for all the kids that maybe can't always afford to play sports and get involved.”
KidSport raises money to ensure financial barriers don’t stand in the way of children getting involved in sports, while also advocating the benefits of sports and physical activity for kids.
“KidSport is a great fit for Logan because it's giving back to the community, it's giving back to kids to have opportunities that Logan had – that our family was able to provide for Logan – but other kids don't always get that opportunity,” said Logan’s mother, Bernie.
“We really talked about lots with our kids, Logan and Mariko, to be volunteers, to giving back to the community, to give back to sport,” Bernie continued, working hard to keep her emotions under control as the first few tears ran down her cheeks. “And obviously, Logan cannot do that anymore, but the KidSport fund will allow him to be able to give that back, because of the generosity of a whole bunch of people.”
Those people, Bernie explained, came forward to support the Logan Boulet Fund and the memory of her son with money raised from bottle drives, silent auctions or simply out of pocket donations.
Logan’s father, Toby, explained that $10,000 will be used from the fund annually to support local kids. He noted that with commitments that have been already made from a number of people and organizations, he’s hopeful they can make it last for at least 15 years.
“For Logan to have an opportunity, in his name, to give back to other children is huge for us,” said Toby. “Logan wanted to be an elementary school teacher, and so that's what he wanted to do, so these are the kids he probably would have been working with. It's special for us.”
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