Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent, Ontario
Chatham 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