Parents, children and Seneca staff celebrated the first session of basketball and Essential Skills training.
Community gets active as part of new program
A community-based partnership between Seneca and the Delta Family Resource Centre recently held its first event to promote interest in sports and physical activity for the Humber Summit community of north-west Toronto.
Funded by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Recreation, the Diverse Communities Get Active in Humber Summit project is meant to increase the interest, engagement and capacity of residents for life-long enjoyment of physical activity. It is will also develop parent and youth leaders and champions in the community in order to engage fellow residents in physical activity. Through active participation in a variety of sports, physical literacy training, outdoor recreation experiences and field trips, the project aims to improve access and uptake of organized sport and recreation activities among immigrant communities. As well, through participation in Essential Skills activities, residents will build awareness and become actively engaged (e.g. through volunteering) with the Pan Am /Parapan Am Games activities in 2015, at venues situated in the local community.
In the first session at Seneca@York, held with the support of Linda Stapleton, Director of Sports and Recreation, and Community Sport and Recreation coaches Bill Crowdis,Trevor Challenger and Adam Zohni, children from 9 - 12 years old learned and practiced the basic skills of basketball. Their parents were involved in Essential Skills training activities facilitated by Georgina Dos Santos, instructor in the Faculty of Workforce Skills Development.
In the spring, Seneca expects to host 180 Humber Summit residents and children at the King Campus Outdoor Centre. They will be introduced to a variety of outdoor skills such as canoeing, climbing and outdoor living. Over the course of the summer months, soccer skills will be the focus of the coaching activities.