As an independent, national, charitable organization, the True Sport Foundation has evolved over time from running a campaign that promotes drug-free sport to a foundation committed to ensuring that good sport has the opportunity to make a great difference in the lives of Canadians.
- In 1993, the Spirit of Sport Foundation was established as a charitable organization affiliated with the Canadian Centre for Drug-free Sport (now known as the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).
- The Foundation’s charitable incorporation focused on public education, promotion, training and research to address performance enhancing drugs, health, ethics and values with strategies targeted to educational institutions, sport organizations, community organizations and the general public.
- In 1996, the Foundation formed partnerships with Canada Games, Commonwealth Games Canada and Athletes CAN to assume responsibility for programs previously run by the Canadian Sport Council such as the Canadian Sport Awards and the Tariff Relief Program.
- The Spirit of Sport Foundation changed its name to the True Sport Foundation in 2004.
- In 2014, the NFPA reconfirmed the True Sport Foundation’s objective to intentionally use values-based and principle-driven sport as a contributor to Canadian society.