The City of Brantford and County of Brant are proud to announce that surplus funds from the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games will go towards a community legacy project that benefits both communities. The Games Organizing Committee recommended to both councils that the legacy funds of $5,087 be donated to the Lansdowne Children’s Centre Every Kid Counts program.
Every Kid Counts is an award-winning program that allows children and youth with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in their local community recreation and leisure programs. The Every Kid Counts program provides a support worker to deliver both hands-on and programming support to the child/youth, family, and recreation staff to promote full participation in the provided recreation/leisure activity. Since its inception in 2011, the Every Kid Counts program has served hundreds of children and youth in the community. It has made it possible for children and youth with disabilities to have the freedom of choice and the joy of inclusion in community based programs. This program is financially supported by the Lansdowne Children’s Centre Foundation.
Rita-Marie Hadley, Executive Director of Lansdowne Children’s Centre, adds, “It’s a glorious legacy that local kids with disabilities will have more chances for integrated recreation because of the successful ParaSport games here! After the excitement of seeing our kids in the audience at the venues, having this fund will give them the chance to pursue dreams of competing at that level someday too. A very tangible way of making Every Kid Count!”
The Ontario ParaSport Games is a program of the Government of Ontario, delivered by host municipalities in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and ParaSport Ontario. The Games promote the public awareness of the para-sports and showcase Ontario’s best athletes. The Games provide host communities with an opportunity to make their community barrier-free and leave a legacy for persons with a disability in their community.
The City of Brantford and County of Brant hosted the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games February 10 to 12, 2017. Donna Clements, Tourism Business Development Officer for The City of Brantford, adds,“The 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games were a resounding success. Two days of competition, over 350 athletes, coaches and officials, 200 volunteers and 11 different sports. Our community welcomed this event with open arms. Spectators were in awe of the level of athlete competition. Brantford and the County of Brant are proud to have hosted such a wonderful event. We are even more excited to be able to give back to the Lansdowne Children’s Centre Program and help more children enjoy new sporting opportunities.”
For more information about the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games, visit www.parasportwintergames2017.ca
2017 Ontario ParaSport Games is supported by the Ontario Government, through its Games Ontario program. This program delivers or supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games and the Ontario ParaSport Games. Supporting Ontario sporting events is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan, which is encouraging as many people as possible to play organized sports, helping Ontario's high-performance athletes pursue excellence and promoting increased tourism and economic development.
 Information on the Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan can be found at http://mtc.gov.on.ca/en/sport/game-on-the-ontario-governments-sport-plan.shtml#_blank