Sports has been one of the greatest teachers in my life. Many of the skills and habits that I have developed and appreciate today, have come from the sports I have played throughout my life. As I have progressed through high school and university, I have become aware of an increase in the drop out rate of young athletes before the age of 13. This is troubling to me, as I have experienced first hand, the wonderful things that sports can do for your life. The focus for many par
What is the value of sport to a community? As seen in a Sport England report, sport is a powerful and transformative tool that can play a role in bringing communities together, having a social and cultural impact, developing social capital and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. From youth engagement to newcomer settlement and regeneration of the economy - sport builds leaders in a community and enhances the quality of life. Sport develops great people, not just great a
Today, on International Women’s Day, we are sharing the incredible work of Girls Inc., a North American organization that inspires girls to be Strong Smart and Bold. Working in partnership with schools, Girls Inc. focuses on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming equips girls to n
We can't believe it - the 2018 Winter Games are officially 6 months away! As Canadians, we love watching our athletes represent the nation on the world stage. As passionate sports philanthropy professionals, we love the opportunity the Olympics present to National Sport Organizations to engage and communicate with their fans and alumni. To celebrate the 6-month mark, we've put together this practical how-to for all NSOs to make the most of the the time leading up to and incl
As a female and entrepreneur in the sports industry, men grossly outnumber me. I’m often asked if this makes me uncomfortable (it doesn’t) but why is that the assumption and why am I outnumbered? It’s 2016, and women account for half the population – shouldn’t we be seen as equals by now? And while there has been a noticeable and positive shift in the way we celebrate female accomplishments across industries, if males and females equally contribute to society, why is this a c
[ the cost of rio ] Throughout the first week of the Olympic Games, you’ve likely heard that our Canadian athletes are in debt - huge debt. And as a nation, we should be concerned. According to Global News, our federally-funded athletes are in debt to the tune of $27.5 million, and the government’s support isn’t growing. Athletes themselves (and their parents) are picking up the tab to fund their careers, and we may be missing out on some of our finest athletes because of it.