Easter Seals Nova Scotia- Halifax

GoodLife Kids Foundation is supporting Easter Seals Nova Scotia’s Learn to Sledge Hockey Program. Targeting 30 children and youth with a disability (ages 5-15) this 10-week program will provide an opportunity for positive recreational activity. Team sport allows children to stay fit, share in a mutual passion and creates lasting relationships. Children and youth with disabilities are often unable to participate in sport-based activity, leaving them sitting on the sidelines eager to join in. This program promotes a non-competitive and inclusive environment where participants can experience a team environment suited to their specific needs with specialized adapted equipment. Funds from GoodLife Kids Foundation will help Easter Seals Nova Scotia with ongoing program needs such as buying and repairing equipment, and providing ice time.

This grant was made possible by the fundraising efforts of Members and Associates in the Halifax Region

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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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