As a kid, I have to admit I wasn’t very into sports. My best friend was on a baseball team, took swimming lessons and even played hockey. I did swimming lessons… grudgingly. It wasn’t until middle school that I decided I was good at running. I wasn’t very good at kicking a soccer ball, hitting a baseball and was terrified of playing lacrosse. I hated running but I wanted to be a part of something and I could run. So I joined the long distance running team and managed to love every single minute of it.
Once I got to high school, things changed. I went from French Immersion into the English stream and away from my friends. It wasn’t until grade 11 that I decided to sign up for the Badminton team with a friend of mine. Neither of us were very good. I mean we were awful. The coach though, loved our enthusiasm and although we didn’t make it through try-outs he did encourage us to come to practice and were never made to feel like we weren’t part of the time. It was amazing. I was getting up at the crack of dawn to get to school for practice, giving it my all, not doing very well but loving being a part of a team and getting physical activity in.
One memory that has stuck with me from those days was when the Coach told us how proud he was that we were working so hard, and kept trying and kept showing up. Maybe we would never be Badminton champions but we had certainly learned a lot from the experience.
I’m so excited to tell you about Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and their new program called Igniting Fitness Possibilities Program (IFP). This is a program to help kids with and without disabilities fall in love with playing sports again. In a world where TV, phones, and computers have taken over— it delights me to see a program like IFP being born!
What is IFP?
IFP is actually compromised of two programs, QuickStart and Give it a Try. Through these programs kids are able to work with knowledgeable fitness instructors to develop sport-based skills. The kids will get to experience hands on activities with fun sports, as well as participate in non-competitive team work games.
I love how inclusive the program is for inactive kids of diverse abilities, nobody needs to feel like they are not able, or not good enough to participate. What a wonderful motivation to get out and get active while growing some serious self-confidence!
National Bank is All In!
National Bank has made an incredible $100,000 pledge over five years to get IFP into more communities. I’ve always known National Bank to give back to the community, but this is awesome. It’s part of their initiative to support communities across Canada and provide crucial support in areas like health, education, arts and culture, and community wellbeing. Not only is National Bank involved in IFP, they are also heavily involved in another youth initiative called One for Youth.
What is One for Youth?
One for Youth is focused on young adults, the program invites non-profit organizations and schools in Canada to submit projects that help to develop and focus on young adults. Selected participants will get $15,000 in financial support and over 279 organizations across Canada have gotten funding from National Bank. You can check out all of the One for Youth programs on their website.
These programs get me so excited for Canadian youth! National Bank is giving back and so are programs like IFP and One for Youth. Without these types of organizations, where would our youth be? I’m also thankful we have places like the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to help develop these awesome initiatives and support kids in such amazing ways. You can find more information about the programs available at the Holland Bloorview website!