University of Guelph, Ontario - Guelph

GoodLife Kids Foundation is supporting the Integrated Track & Field Summer Camp at the University of Guelph. Guelph Gryphons Athletics host one of the largest Track & Field camps in Canada, led by certified coaches and talented varsity athletes. After hosting several successful parasport “Give It A Try” days over the past year, the Gryphons have decided to open opportunities for children with disabilities to attend their popular track & field summer camp for the first time. The new vision for the camp is to be a fully integrated experience where athletes with and without disabilities learn and practice athletics together. The Gryphons plan to use this opportunity to develop a model that can be replicated in their other sport-specific camps. Funds from GoodLife Kids Foundation will help support the introduction of an integrated camp for one week in August 2016 and will introduce 20 children with special needs to track & field activities. 

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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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