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Surrey Receives $25,000 Grant from RBC to Expand I AM Game Program

RBC presenting cheque to I AM Game Program

December 4, 2014

SURREY, BC – The City of Surrey has received a grant of $25,000 from the RBC Learn to Play Project to expand the city’s “I AM Game” initiative. The cheque was presented at the RBC Sports Day in Canada event on November 29th held at the Guildford Recreation Centre.

“I AM Game” is a series of camps and programs for children 6-12 years old that focuses on fostering physical literacy by encouraging lifelong participation in physical activity and sport – and increasing access to quality sport opportunities for those facing barriers to participation. Specifically, funding will support the development & delivery of a series of free I AM Game ‘Try-it’ events (each featuring different adapted & able-bodied sports) and the ongoing development of the I AM Game Coach Training program.

“The importance of a healthy and active lifestyle and the benefits of sports for our children cannot be over-emphasized,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “Our thanks to RBC for helping us expand this top-notch sports program that encourages kids to have fun while learning new skills and gaining confidence.”

“Kids who are active grow up to be adults who are active,”said Linda Hepner, Mayor Elect and Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee. “The core values of respect, fair play, diversity, inclusion, leadership and teamwork that children receive from sports participation will serve them for the rest of their lives.”

BACKGROUND:

I AM Game was developed in 2012 specifically to:

  • Increase physical literacy and sport readiness, by improving movement, sport skills and confidence. 
  • facilitate healthy personal and social development (Core Values include: Respect, Fair Play, Diversity, Inclusion, Teamwork, Leadership). 
  • Create positive and inclusive experiences with sport & play. 
  • Encourage lifelong participation in sport and physical activity.

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For more information:

Lori Bowie
Healthy Communities Manager
604-502-6352 
LLBowie@surrey.ca