On Saturday, 22 June 2019, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, United Way Northern BC volunteers will be helping out at the Multi-Sport Day organized by Spinal Cord Injury BC.
This FREE and fun event for the entire family will be held at Masich Place Stadium, Carrie Jane Gray Park basketball and tennis courts.
Paralympic athlete, Marnie Abbott-Peter, Let’s Play Director, will be on hand to share her passion for adapted sports. She is dedicated to helping children with mobility related physical disabilities across British Columbia to become physically active early in life, to develop physical literacy skills so they can confidently participate in play, sport and physical education with their peers.
Everyone is welcome to try out adapted sports and inclusive activities such as: Wheelchair racing, Seated throws, Wheelchair tennis, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair rugby and more.
BC Wheelchair Basketball’s ‘Let’s Play’ program will have activities for younger children. Local author Larry Fielding will be there with his new X-trails colouring book ‘Explore Adaptive Sports from A to Z’ and everyone will have a chance to be entered in to win prizes.
United Steelworkers Local 1-2017 will be on site between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to feed everyone that has worked up an appetite. Burgers, Chips plus Pop will be on sale for $5 – with proceeds going to UWNBC to support local social programs that build healthy communities, move people out of poverty and develop kids into all they can be.
“Adapted sports and recreation activities aren’t limited to people with disabilities, says Brandy Stiles, Peer Program Coordinator, SCI BC, “to build truly inclusive communities, we need families, classmates and friends involved in playing adapted sport. This event will help introduce the community to what’s out there.”
“We are super excited about this special event. UWNBC has been funding Spinal Cord Injury Group for a number of years and this Multi-Sport Day highlights the tremendous work they do at bringing individuals out into the community to try out different activities to engage in and find something they enjoy doing.” says Michele Brooke, Resource Development Officer, UWNBC. “It’s all about improving the quality of life.”
“We are proud to support UWNBC and be a part of this unique event.” Says Don Iwaskow, Financial Secretary, United Steelworkers and United Way volunteer.
“Supporting the community is top priority for us” says United Way volunteer, Juan Perez, General Manager, The Canadian Brewhouse. “We have engaged in numerous United Way Days of Caring® volunteer opportunities.”
A Day of Caring® is a United Way initiative of mobilizing local businesses, organizations and corporations to help local organizations. UWNBC connects those in need with volunteers. Through a United Way Day of Caring® companies are able to give back to their communities and promote volunteerism and teamwork with their employees. Employees feel a sense of pride in helping strengthen communities where they live, work and raise their families. United Way calls this showing our “Local Love”.
If you, your business would like to take part in a Day of Caring® – please contact the United Way of Northern BC (details below).