Bringing the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games to Ontario's Kids
Province Helping to Get Kids Active and More Involved in the People’s Games
Ontario is launching Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids to build excitement for the Games and inspire young people to lead healthy and active lives.
Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids, delivered in partnership with the 2015 Pan /Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015), is available through the province's schools, camps and after-school programs. It will provide opportunities for kids to participate in a variety of Games-related sports and parasports activities, increase cultural understanding of Pan American countries and encourage community celebrations leading up to the 2015 Games. Activities will begin at select after-school programs during the holidays and ramp up in schools in spring 2014, building excitement all the way to summer 2015. Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids includes four complementary programs:
- Kids ꞌn Play: A resource guide for teachers, as well as sport and recreation leaders to connect kids of all abilities to the fun and excitement of the Games through physical and cultural activities, and lessons on healthy living.
- PlaySport: Linked to the province's elementary and secondary school curriculum, this resource will encourage students to participate in a wide range of Games sports and parasports - from tennis to boccia -- while helping kids build the skills and knowledge to lead healthy and active lives.
- My Personal Best: An online tool that will help young people learn about the importance of physical exercise, allow them to set individual goals and motivate them to achieve their personal best in various activities, such as running and jumping. Teachers, and sport and recreation leaders can use this tool to track children's physical activity skills and progress by completing lessons, activities, sports and games included in Kids 'n Play and PlaySport.
- Activity Day Kit: A package of activity cards related to healthy living, the sports and parasports featured in the Games, including handball and sitting volleyball. A guide will also be provided to help teachers, and sport and recreation leaders setup an activity day for kids.
Encouraging kids to be active and involved in the excitement of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- Ontario’s $3.3 million investment in Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids is part of the province’s Promotion, Celebration and Legacy Strategy. This $42 million strategy is designed to ensure everyone across the province benefits from the Games.
- The Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids Activity Day Kit is being developed by the Ministry of Education and will be available in spring 2014.
- The program will also promote increased awareness and access to parasport and activities will include adaptations to support students of all ability levels.
- The 2015 Games will be an opportunity to showcase Ontario to an international audience that will include 250,000 visitors and 10,000 athletes and officials.
- The Games and Games-related investments will create more than 26,000 jobs and grow Ontario’s real GDP by $3.7 billion from 2009 to 2017.
- The Healthy Kids Panel was appointed in May 2012 as part of the Action Plan for Health Care to advise the government on how to tackle childhood overweight and obesity in Ontario.
“Our vision is to ensure that all Ontarians, of all ages, abilities and regions across the province stand to benefit from hosting the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. The Pan/Parapan Am Kids program will inspire our next generation of greats as children across Ontario will have access to sport and parasport activities, cultural engagement opportunities and exposure to healthy and active living that will educate, encourage and engage them as we countdown the days to the Games and in the years after 2015.”
“We want to extend the excitement of the 2015 Games across the province. This is a wonderful opportunity for Ontario students to learn about and participate in different activities, while staying active and learning about the value of teamwork.”
“The greatest legacy of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will be our young people. By encouraging them to get involved in the Games through these important educational – and fun – initiatives, we’re teaching them to lead healthier, active lives and to be curious, creative and engaged in the world around them. We hope this will inspire them to become leaders in their communities both today and in the future.”