This Hybrid online & in-person Intro To The World’s Most Universal Sport “Soccer Speaks” is a 6 week virtual-lead program leveraging universal language of sport to promote physical activity while creating an inclusive community that connects vulnerable youth struggling with social integration, isolation & anxiety.
The program, hosted by professional soccer players Skylar Thomas, Dwayne De Rosario, Carmelina Moscato & Jonelle Hopkins. In partnership with KickDeck it is intended to support the needs of marginalized youth & children that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 & are struggling to maintain their physical health & mental well-being.
These lessons will be delivered on a weekly basis in an online format & will be drawn from the KickDeck Training program. Following the release of the weekly pre-recorded soccer training session, participants will have the opportunity to engage with professional soccer players for a follow-up zoom session, where they can ask questions about that week’s training, engage in dialogue around that week’s character theme, receive pro tips & tricks, & gain insight into a day in the life of a professional.
The Physical Activity & Nutrition program in partnership with the City of Ottawa & Ottawa Police Service provides an opportunity each year for up to 100 participants 10-16 years of age, in economically disadvantaged communities, to participate in a combined program involving both physical activities & healthy meal preparation & nutrition education. With the program goals to:
promote the importance of sport, recreation, healthy living & good nutrition
Enhance leadership opportunities through quality grass roots programming
Strengthen sport participation opportunities for economically disadvantaged Children & youth
Offer accessible, free & sustainable programs that are innovative, safe & fun which respond to the community needs
These programs are built to introduce priority neighborhoods & schools to new sports & life skills. We partner with local sports leagues, foundations & governing bodies to build, support & facilitate sport for development opportunities.
The purpose of these programs are to bring a fun sports engaged
inclusive environment that promotes health & wellness through
nutrition, mental health, physical activity & critical life/social skill.
Additionally, we work to level the school-ground playing field by supporting, building and delivering programs within the school yard. This includes equipping schools with the correct sporting resources such as sporting equipment and entire playgrounds. These playgrounds are a beacon of these communities and serve as a place to play but also gather and connect, as a community.