Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Children Treatment Centre of Chatham Kent.jpgChatham Downtown GoodLife Fitness members and staff commitment to fundraise for GoodLife Kids Foundation during the 2010 Be A Kid’s Superhero Campaign, is being recognized with a grant to an adapted sports program for children with physical disabilities through the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent.

Fitness Fun for ALL Kids! – the adapted sports campaign adapts sports such as bocce, sledge hockey, gymnastics, swimming, sailing, dance, golf, soccer, and baseball – ensuring a range of benefits such as cardiovascular endurance, strength training, balance, mobility, eye/hand coordination, endurance, social skills and inclusion in team participation.

Children with physical disabilities deserve and require the wellness benefits of regular physical activity as much as all children, but they have great difficulty participating in mainstream organized sports programs.  In addition to physical exercise, sports programs expose children to other positive attributes such as the importance of teamwork, fair play and good sportsmanship, and the satisfaction of accomplishment.

The Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent Fitness Fun for ALL Kids adapted sports campaign will provide funds for special sporting equipment, necessary expertise and facility rentals required to offer these programs for the next 3 years.

GoodLife Kids Foundation has made a commitment to support Fitness Fun for ALL Kids to ensure that over 100 children with physical and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to benefit from an active life.

Photo Courtesy of Elwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News

 

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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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