Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ontario- London & Area

GoodLife Fitness Corporate Office staff energy and commitment to fundraise for GoodLife Kids Foundation during the 2010 Be A Kid’s Superhero Campaign, is being recognized with a grant to help boys get kids active through Big Brothers Big Sisters London & Area.

Go Guys! is a mentoring-based program designed to provide boys aged 12 – 14 with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices including physical activity, balanced eating and feeling good.

Boys’ rates of physical activity participation are a continued cause for concern, with research demonstrating that by ninth grade, most adolescents abandon the physical activities they enjoyed in seventh grade.  Go Guys!  addresses this through non-traditional physical activities, healthy eating support, life-skills, communication and emotional health discussions.

Big Brothers Big Sisters London & Area has partnered with both London and area school boards to operate Go Guys! in safe and familiar school environments.   Participant selection will be based on those who would benefit most from the program. 

GoodLife Kids Foundation has made a commitment to support Go Guys! for the first 2 years of the pilot, beginning Fall 2010, to ensure more boys have the opportunity to benefit from an active life.

Comments from the participants:

“I think every boy my age should be in this program because a lot of boys can change their behavior”– Jerome, London ON

Game On is important because you may not be aware of your health”– Alex, London ON

 

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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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