Earlier this fall, more than 250 students from Bolton C. Falby PS in Ajax and Glengrove PS in Pickering participated in the Jumpstart Games at the Abilities Centre. The event announced a $1.7 million partnership donation from Canadian Tire to support children and youth, regardless of ability, to engage in a life of sport and physical activity.
DDSB students Annie and Avinash from Bolton C. Falby PS participated in the Jumpstart Games events and were happy to try something new and take part in activities they had not tried before.
"I liked the wheelchairs because I got to try something new," said Avinash, a Grade 5 student who tried wheelchair basketball and spike ball for the first time. "Young people need to be more active so we can have a healthy life and live longer," declares Avinash.
Students Get Involved in Sport for All Abilities
Annie, also in Grade 5, believes she could be more active in her daily lifestyle.
The partnership between Jumpstart Games and the Abilities Centre is one of the largest of its kind in Canada with a focus on removing barriers for children with physical and cognitive disabilities.
The event gave Bolton C. Falby PS and Glengrove PS students an opportunity to come together, play games, enjoy fun sports and most importantly get active. Together with Canadian Tire, the new partnership will commit to getting kids in schools active across all communities.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps children from priority neighbourhoods participate in organized sports and recreation. Since their launch in 2005, Canadian Tire Jumpstart has given more than 1 million kids across Canada the chance to play.