A $4-million endowment from the Kiwanis Clubs of Kelowna will allow a new concussion recovery program for children and youth to begin.

BrainTrust Canada’s Concussion Recovery for BC Children and Youth is a medically supervised program that helps children and youth from the day of injury up to 30 days after their concussion.

The Kiwanis grant, administered by the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, will allow BrainTrust’s brain injury specialists to provide immediate concussion care to up to 50 youths and families who cannot afford the services, which are not covered by the provincial medicare program.

In the Central Okanagan, there are approximately 41,000 children and youth age five to 25. According to the participating groups, 66% of males and 52% of females play organized sports, and evidence suggests that approximately one in six will sustain a concussion at some point.