Students Act Now Project Showcase
Athletes in Motion
Athletes in Motion began as a result of the envision cards that were distributed following Wellfest 2 in 2009. Students were asked to envision what kind of world they wanted and a resounding number of students shared that they wanted a world where sport united people and brought together communities.
With this vision, Athletes in Motion was born. In its first full year of operation in 2009, AIM was involved in a number of programs that supported existing partnerships within the school and initiated several new programs.
Athletes in Motion students continue to participate in the following initiatives and programs:
- Junior School Sports Days
- Sports Day for our partner schools at Lawrence Heights, Derrydown and Grenoble Public Schools
- The Race for Dignity through Dignitas international (a stationary endurance bike ride in support of Dignitas’ work in Malawi in the prevention of the spread of HIV.)
- The creation of a group of students who committed weekly to a running and reading program at Chalkfarm through in partnership with KidsFest.
- Participation in the Motion Ball Marathon of Sport in support of the Special Olympics
- Participation in the Earth Run on the Lisa Hardie Trail in our Burke Brook Stewardship Project
- A week-long trip to form a partnership with Special Olympic athletes, priority youth and individuals at the Sandilands hospital in the Bahamas.
- A two week sport for community camp led by Havergal and other high school students, working with Canadian National Team Athletes, sponsored by Canadian Tire’s JumpStart program, for campers from our partner schools at Lawrence Heights Middle School, and Derrydown and Grenoble elementary schools.
What kind of world do AIM members want? “A world where kids are a part of a community, where they have role models, where they can be role models, where they can learn how to lead, learn how to respect, learn how to manage conflict, and most of all, have fun. I want a world where sports are accessible to everyone," said Shannon, AIM founding President.
Read the Behind the Ivy article by Sarah Chin on the Jumpstart camp.