Calgary Learning Village Collaborative Report to the Community - page 12

Recreation Connectors
Recreation Connectors in the CLVC work
directly with families in the Greater Forest
Lawn area to connect them with recreation
activities, complete registration forms and,
when needed, access fee subsidies. This
one-on-one approach builds understanding,
nurtures trust and reduces financial,
transportation and language barriers that
families may face in accessing recreation
activities for their children. Families may
access help from Recreation Connectors
directly, but most often they are referred by
school staff.
The Recreation Connectors educate parents
about and help children participate in or
register for many activities, including:
Martial Arts
Summer camps
Family Place Programs
Boys and Girls Clubs
Painting & drawing
Scouts, Brownies & Guides
Ice skating & hockey
Almost all the families the Recreation
Connectors assist require fee subsidies
in order for their children to participate in
recreation activities. Organizations such as
Jumpstart and KidSport as well as the City
of Calgary are critically important sources
of financial support that the Recreation
Connectors access in order to help children
and youth get—and stay—active.
Kiwanis Diversity Cup
The Kiwanis Diversity Cup is a weekend
soccer tournament that celebrates diversity
through sport. Youth from culturally diverse
backgrounds come together to have fun,
play soccer, learn about team building and
sportsmanship and make new friends.
This year, the CLVC took on its largest role
ever in promoting the event, organizing the
tournament schedule, refereeing games and
serving as the lead contact for coaches.
The CLVC Recreation Connectors registered
38 teams and 700 children took part in the
tournament at multiple venues. Citibank,
through KidSport, donated 500 soccer balls
and Kiwanis Clubs of Calgary provided 500
pairs of shin guards.
A number of health and wellness service
providers and local agencies attended
the event to make connections with the
community and to educate families about
healthy living. This year the Kiwanis Diversity
Cup core values of Respect, Teamwork, and
Leadership were introduced and promoted
through banners that were later presented
to three schools that best exemplified the
tournament’s ideals.
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