2020 Volume: Edition 5
To our Sport for Life champions,             

We can’t move forward together if we leave anybody behind. For as long as we’ve been a movement, inclusion has been a vitally important aspect of what we do. As we continue to mobilize physical literacy and quality sport initiatives, it’s important for us to reflect on and celebrate the diverse communities we work with and represent.

In this month’s newsletter you’ll find stories of exciting work being done all over the country. Read about the Indigenous communities that will be participating in the next intake of our PL4C program, NHL player Sheldon Kennedy’s induction to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and an exploration of Dr. Colin Higgs’s work helping to establish a pathway for athletes with disabilities. Making sure everyone is included takes a group effort, and it’s non-negotiable.
Impacts of COVID-19 on Local Sports Organizations Survey report

As a catalyst for lasting change within the sport and physical activity sector, Sport for Life recently conducted a national survey, based on Sport Calgary’s recent work, to measure the
operational and financial impacts of COVID-19 on local sports organizations. Data was collected from 1,300 respondents representing nearly 4 million members and more than 56 sports.

Full national survey results can be found here:

Provincial/Territorial reports are also available and can be requested by email. Please contact
francesca@sportforlife.ca for more details.
Upcoming webinar explores implications of pandemic on local sports organizations

Following Sport for Life's nationwide Impacts of COVID-19 on Local Sports Organizations Survey, this session will explore the implications of the national results on the community sport sector. National survey results revealed the majority of sports organizations are collaborating with others in the sector, though there is growing concern and a lack of clarity on Return to Play and the longer-term effects of COVID-19 among sports organizations.

Panelists Catriona Le May Doan, CEO, Sport Calgary; Ross Tomlinson, Executive Director, Tri-City Youth Basketball Association; Marcia Morris, Executive Director, Ottawa Sport Council; and Richard Way, CEO, Sport for Life, will provide their perspective on the impacts of COVID-19 on local sports.

Date:  Wednesday, July 22, 2020,
10:30am-12pm PDT / 1:30-3pm EDT

The PL4C-BC project supports Indigenous communities in B.C.

As the Physical Literacy for Communities - British Columbia (PL4C-BC) project rolls out across the province, leaders from Sport for Life have been theorizing the best way to approach and collaborate with Indigenous participants.  In 2019 they began work with two Indigenous communities, and word began to travel. When four more Indigenous communities applied the following year, project manager Tom Jones instantly recognized it for what it was: a chance to learn and support.

Colin Higgs and the relentless infusion of inclusion

Colin Higgs’s life was about to change.

The Memorial University professor was working in his office in 1979 when there came a knock at the door: three world-class athletes were looking for his help. Still in the early years of his career, he was beginning to develop a reputation for his work in biomechanics, sport development, and inclusion. It was for this reason they’d sought him out.

Sport for Life considers going virtual for 2021 Summit

We need your input!

We had been planning to host our annual Summit on January 26-28, 2021, but we’re now weighing our options in the wake of COVID-19. The safety of our participants is top priority so we’re considering a virtual event. To host the best Summit possible, we’re asking for your feedback with an online survey that will remain live until Friday, July 3.

Your input will be crucial to our planning process as we move forward together to create a new normal for the sport and physical activity ecosystem.

Engage Sport North activates physical literacy initiatives during pandemic

She saw it as an opportunity.

Mandi Graham is the executive director of  Engage Sport North , an organization that promotes physical literacy across a broad swath of northern B.C. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to isolate at home, she knew her organization would have to innovate in order to keep people active. She also realized it would be a good time to activate many of the initiatives they had been planning, now that they had a more captive audience.

Dr. John Cairney explores impact of pandemic on physical literacy delivery

There’s no disputing the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted traditional models of sport and physical activity delivery, but according to Dr. John Cairney that’s not necessarily a bad thing. During a webinar in early June that he delivered in collaboration with Sport for Life that drew nearly 1000 registrants from around the world, he shared some of the ways organizations all over the globe have adapted, and encouraged his audience to follow suit.

Sheldon Kennedy inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

First he became a household name as one of the country’s most talented hockey players, then he pivoted into a new role as an advocate against sexual abuse, maltreatment and bullying. Now Sheldon Kennedy is being recognized with the Order of Sport Award and inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of over two decades’ worth of advocacy work.

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