The spirit of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games lives on!
In July 2015, over 7,500 athletes from across Latin America, South America, the Caribbean and North America competed in 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports at the TORONTO 2015 Games.
Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids
The Games may be over, but the legacy continues.
The Ministry of Education partnered with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and TO2015 − the organizing committee for the 2015 Games – to develop the Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids program. This initiative was designed to increase awareness of the Games by encouraging participation in a variety of sports, parasports, and recreational and cultural activities. We hope the program will continue to inspire and motivate Ontario children and youth to be physically active!
The goals of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids program continue to be an increase in the:
- physical activity among children and youth
- awareness of the benefits of healthy, active living
- the skills and knowledge students need to make healthy choices
The Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids program offers resources and activities for elementary and secondary educators, after-school leaders and recreational staff. The four components of the program include:
- PlaySport: an online learning resource that can be linked to the Ontario Health and Physical education curriculum. It helps children and youth build the skills and knowledge they need to lead active, healthy lives by providing a wide range of physical activities as well as videos promoting healthy living, decision making, and student leadership. Developed in collaboration with Ophea.
- Activity Day Kit: includes 13 activity cards related to healthy living and the sports/parasports that were featured in the TORONTO 2015 Games. Kits, available in English and French, include a guide that explains how to set up each activity so that educators and after-school and recreation providers can set up an Activity Day in a gym or field. Kits were delivered to elementary schools in June 2014.
- Kids ꞌn Play: a resource guide for teachers, as well as sport and recreation leaders, that connects kids of all abilities to the fun and excitement of the Games through physical and cultural activities and healthy living lessons.
- My Personal Best: an online tool that helps young people learn about the importance of physical exercise, and allows them to set individual goals and motivate them to achieve their personal best. Teachers and sport and recreation leaders can use this tool to track children's physical activity skills and progress.
Learn more about Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids at ontario.ca/ppakids