Learning New Athletic Skills at the Institute's AIM Jumpstart Sport for Community Camp
Havergal said goodbye to our AIM Jumpstart Sport for Community campers on Friday, August 24, 2012, after two weeks of sports, games and fun. This year’s camp hosted more than 80 campers, 17 volunteer sports professionals from Canada’s National Teams and a large group of Leaders In Training (LITs) from a wide variety of GTA high schools.
The campers learned a variety of athletic skills in swimming, volleyball, basketball, badminton, rugby, soccer and sports writing, coached by the athletes from Canada’s National Teams and professional writers.
In the Sports Writing Workshop, campers learned about sport vocabularies, inventing new sports and creative writing about sports. The professional writers used these activities to teach the campers about the connection of sport to other forms of cultures. “The Sports Writing Workshop is a favourite!” explained Institute Director (and Camp Director) Ann Peel.
This year the campers were also introduced to Street Soccer – soccer adapted for street involved people whose health is compromised. The game is played within a fenced, small field, about a quarter of the size of a regular soccer field to accommodate the health restrictions of players. “The campers love the intimacy, and we love that it requires skill to play!” says Peel.
“The success of the camp continues to grow each year,” sums up Peel of this year’s camp. “We have more campers and more LITs this year than in previous years. Thank you to all of our LITs, athletes and volunteers. We look forward to more fun next year!”
The camp is supported by Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Program.