Win 4 Kids 2016 Results

By Overview on 11/04/2016

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GoodLife Kids Foundation’s annual Win 4 Kids contest gives Associates and Members the chance to tell us about organizations in communities across Canada that are getting kids active and deserve grants to support their great work. From over 100 nominations, 10 lucky finalists were selected to share in $100,000 with grant amounts determined by online voting.

Nearly 15,000 votes were cast. Here are your 2016 Win 4 Kids contest Winners!

$25,000 National Grand Prize Winner

ST. JEROME SCHOOL - Regina, SK
LEAP @ St. Jerome

$12,000 Winners

YORKVIEW PUBLIC SCHOOL - North York, ON
Yorkview Outdoor Play Enrichment Program

CORMACK RECREATION COMMISSION - Cormack, NL
Cormack Recreation Children & Youth Programs

RECREATION OUTREACH CENTRE - Picton & Prince Edward County, ON
Club ROC's Kids in Motion

$8,000 Winners

THE STEADWARD CENTRE - Edmonton, AB
Free2BMe PALS

CANADA SCORES VANCOUVER - Burnaby & Surrey, BC
Canada Scores Program in Burnaby & Surrey

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS AJAX‑PICKERING - Durham Region, ON
Power Play, Mentoring Through Sport

$5,000 Winners

CAMP AWAKENING - Ontario
Summer camp for kids with physical disabilities

CALEDONIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Hillsborough, NB
Project P.O.W.E.R.S.

SPENCE NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION - Winnipeg, MB
Building Belonging Program

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The Confidence to Try #FEELGOODFRIDAY Lukas is a 10-year-old Raptors fan who plays basketball with his local chapter of Special Olympics, but it wasn’t that long ago that he was afraid to join a team. Lukas is an outgoing kid who likes to make friends and has always been very active. But his early experiences in organized physical activity were not positive. One of his biggest challenges with autism is struggling to follow directions in large groups. He was often told he was doing things wrong and even that he would embarrass the team. “These negative comments deflated his confidence, and he became afraid to try new things,” explained his mom Lisa. When he was eight, Lukas took part in the Sports of All Sorts program at the Geneva Centre for Autism. The supportive environment in the Sports of All Sorts program, funded by a GoodLife Kids grant, was a real game-changer for him. Constant encouragement and positive reinforcement gave Lukas a safe space to explore new activities without a fear of being judged. With one-on-one support he played basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf. “We’re so glad to make physical activity a regular part of Lukas’ life and we’ve found ways for him to continue practicing at home,” said Lisa. “We bought a tennis net for the backyard, and now that he’s not afraid, he loves to go to glow-in-the-dark mini-putt with his dad!” As Lukas turned around on the basketball court to wave to his mom, he gave her two big thumbs up and her eyes welled up with tears of joy. “Watching him enjoy himself, I’m overwhelmed with happiness and pride,” she shared. “He has talents! But most of all, he has regained a belief in himself – that he CAN do it – and that is so powerful.”

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