Girls On The Run, Ontario- Brampton

A report from a local child advocacy group showed that families in Peel- especially newcomers, face significant challenges in meeting the basic needs of their children. Those from low income families, immigrant families and visible minorities are especially at risk.

A grant from GoodLife Kids Foundation will allow 22-30 girls at two high risk schools in the Brampton area to participate in Girls On The Run. Girls On The Run supports girls with diverse athletic abilities and gives them the opportunity to experience running, and become empowered with life skills and confidence. The program will impact two areas of the community and create a spark in both schools that will transcend into the home.

The grant is made possible through the fundraising efforts of Brampton Kingspoint Plaza GoodLife Fitness members and staff during the 2011 Be A Kid’s Superhero Campaign.

Here are some of the cards that GoodLife Kids Foundation received from girls who participated in Girls on the Run.

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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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