Helping Young People Get Active In Ottawa
McGuinty Government Teams Up With Ottawa Police Service To Develop Somali Youth Basketball League
OTTAWA -- Investing in local youth sport and recreation programs will help encourage healthy, active lifestyles and promote positive life experiences for young people in Ontario, said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Our plan for Ontario is all about strengthening our province's greatest competitive advantage: our people," said Premier McGuinty. "By providing positive role models for our young people, and encouraging them to become involved in their communities, we can ensure that the province of Ontario succeeds long into the future."
The government is investing nearly $10,000 to help the Ottawa Police Service develop the Somali Youth Basketball League and a mentorship program for 180 children and youth between the ages of 13 and 19.
The program will help provide positive life experiences through promoting teamwork, recruiting parents from the community to volunteer in the program and encouraging youth to participate in a mentorship speaker series on topics such as health, fair play and leadership.
The grant comes from the government's Communities In Action Fund (CIAF), which helps provide increased support for physical activity projects and local sports programs. The CIAF is an important part of the government's ACTIVE2010 strategy to improve awareness of the benefits of physical activity and motivate people to get active.
Studies show that 56 per cent of children over the age of 12 are not getting the health benefits associated with an active lifestyle. Many stop participating in sports when they enter their teens.
"By working together, and enhancing opportunities for Ontarians to get active in their communities, we can ensure more healthy, active lifestyles and a quality of life that is second to none," said Premier McGuinty.