We are pleased to deliver the charity’s first annual report. With already over 70 schools committed to participate in the program next year, the Champions for Life Team is hard at work and preparing for a busy 2018-2019.
A Word from the Founder
It has been 5 years since the Champions for Life program has been running and 2 years since the organization has obtained its charitable status. We wish to thank and acknowledge those who supported the program since it started as a pilot project in 2013: Andre Desmarais, Alan and Roula Rossy, Robin Burns, Power Corporation of Canada, Active for Life / B2ten, and ACC Sports.
In 2017-2018 the program ran in 75 schools in the province of Quebec as compared to 56 schools in the previous year. Beyond having more schools and children in the program, growth has come in the form of maturity for our relatively young foundation. We realize that any growth cannot come at the expense of the quality of the program.
The training of our leaders and curriculum have improved and we are finding more ways to have a greater impact on the participants. We strongly believe that putting physical literacy on a level playing field with literacy and numeracy in schools and at home will contribute to reversing negative health trends for children in Canada. We are as determined as ever to help children in the early years of school acquire the basic fundamental movement skills so that they have the tools to play and be active throughout their lives. Moreover, we see the positive impact that the program has had in low socioeconomic schools where some children contend with difficult circumstances, offering little promotion to health education and less so to physical activity.
We could not be where we are today without our program partner, the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation. Their support and mentorship have been both encouraging and invaluable. I personally would like to thank our board members, the Champions for Life staff, our program leaders, and the school community and all their amazing and enthusiastic children.
It is our pleasure to look back on the year through our first annual report and give you a
glimpse of what is to come.