Ontario Helping Kids Experience the 2015 Games
Province Providing Games Tickets to Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids Program
Ontario is providing 4,500 tickets to children and youth to help them experience the excitement of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
As part of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids summer camps, 35 organizations have received funding to purchase tickets for their campers. Kids from across Ontario will attend the games with the support of the program, including children and youth from Perth, Ottawa, Sudbury, Sarnia, Brant, Peterborough, and Cambridge.
For those unable to attend the games due to distance, the province will work with camp organizers to deliver special Games-related activity days, which will include events like themed viewing parties or visits from athletes.
Promoting participation in sport, recreation and active living is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The Pan Am/ Parapan Am Kids program is helping kids get involved in sport and recreation, learn about the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, and experience the cultural diversity that surrounds the Games.
- The program will also offer activities to support students of all ability levels, including helping kids learn about and get involved in parasport.
- Ontario is providing $105,000 to help Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids summer campers go to a 2015 Pan Am or Parapan Am sport competition or participate in Games-related activities.
- Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids is part of Ontario’s $40 million strategy to ensure everyone in the province benefits from the Games.
- The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will showcase Ontario as a premier sporting destination, attract 10,000 athletes and officials and an expected 250,000 visitors, create 26,000 jobs and generate $3.7 billion for Ontario’s GDP.
“The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we want as many Ontarians as possible, young and old, to take part in the excitement. Through our Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids program and summer camps, we’re inspiring our next generation as they participate in sport and parasport activities and learn about active and healthy living. When they attend the Games they will build on that experience, taking in the magic of sport, friendship and celebration, and leave inspired by our incredible athletes.”
“Thanks to the generous support of the Ontario government, the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs, located in Toronto’s Regent Park Community, will be sending 376 children to Pan/Parapan Am events. The participants who are attending our summer Pan/Parapan Am themed sports camps are excited and grateful to be receiving this opportunity.”