London Regional Children’s Museum, Ontario- London

A child’s imagination can take them to the winter Olympics in sports such as curling, luge, and biathlons when they participate in Ski! Skate! Slide!: Celebrate Olympic Pride at London Regional Children’s Museum. This fully interactive exhibit and school education program runs from January to March 2010 and engages kids in training, eating right and trying out an Olympic sport. Ski! Skate! Slide! celebrates the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games and inspires participants to pursue healthy living.

As a fully interactive Winter Olympic exhibit there is a full range of activities for both students and teachers. The school education program component engages students before, during and after their museum visit; giving hands on experience of how their lifestyle decisions, through healthy diet and activity choices, can affect their overall physical well-being.

With assistance from Goodlife Kids Foundation, over 30,000 Ski! Skate! Slide! participants will be inspired to feel the benefits of an active life.

For more information on the Ski! Skate! Slide!: Celebrate Olympic Pride please visitwww.londonchildrenmuseum.ca.

 

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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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