London Regional Children’s Museum, Ontario- London

London Regional children's Museum.jpgThe London King and Wellington GoodLife Fitness Club members and staff and Home Office made a passionate commitment to fundraise for GoodLife Kids Foundation during the 2011 Be A Kid’s Superhero Campaign, and their efforts are being recognized with a grant to the London Regional Children’s Museum to revitalize a permanent exhibit that fully engages children in physical activity. 

The London Regional Children’s Museum ‘Street Where You Live’ exhibit has been visited by over one million guests to date, and is a favorite attraction for many families visiting London. The gallery includes a permanent GoodLife Fitness club exhibit that will now be equipped with new workout mats, updated video technology to get kids moving and teach them about healthy food choices, and an interactive piece of exercise equipment to encourage daily physical activity.

This improved space will engage and encourage more than 100,000 visitors annually at the Museum to live active healthy lives.

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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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