Impact Award

Through the GoodLife Kids Foundation IMPACT Award an organization supported by our Grant Program will be acknowledged for their excellence in impacting physical activity behaviour in Canadian kids through innovation, creativity and sustainability.

This award will recognize a GoodLife Kids Foundation grant recipient for their ability to: 

Inspire and Mentor Physical Activity for Children Together

The GoodLife Kids Foundation IMPACT Award consists of additional $5,000 grants issued to each of the winning recipients. These grants are allocated to the initiative already supported by GoodLife Kids Foundation, with the intention of providing additional sustainability for the winning programs.

Qualified organizations only are invited to submit a nomination.

2016 Winners

 

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2015 Winner

2014 Winners

  • KidsAbility Centre for Child Development
  • St. Jean de Brebuf Secondary School
  • North Shuswap Community Resource Association

2013 Winner

  • Special Olympics Ontario

2012 Winner

  • KidsAbility Centre for Child Development
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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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