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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
 
The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.
 
The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.
 
While the Pan Am Games have been hosted in a dozen countries throughout the Americas, Canada has had the honour of hosting them twice; in 1967 and 1999 and both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
 
In 2015, Toronto will be the proud Host City of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
 
The PanAm Games take place July 10 to 26, 2015
 
The Parapan Am Games will be held August 7-14, 2015
 
Take a look at what you can expect to see at the PanAm Games: 
 
Fun and Free Ways to Get Children and Youth Excited about the Games
 
TORONTO 2015 Youth Summit is being organized by the members of TO2015’s Youth Advisory Council and will bring together over 300 youth.  Youth ages 16-24 are encouraged to submit their application by October 10th!
 
Resources to connect students from Grades 1-8 to the Games through physical, cultural and healthy living activities that are fun and easy to learn.
 
Students will learn to set individual physical activity goals to achieve their personal best, while teachers will monitor their students’ physical literacy skills and knowledge in this school-based or out-of-school program.
 
This resource provides tools and videos that can be linked to a student’s existing curriculum to help them learn about healthy living, fitness, decision making, and student leadership.
 
Fun day in a box! This kit contains 13 activity cards that relate to healthy living, sports and parasports, a Pan Am/Parapan Am banner and a guide to set up an activity day
 
Connect with athletes through social media; watch and share inspiring videos; and invite athletes into your classroom – virtually or in person – to IGNITE the spirit of the Games!
 
IGNITE is a community partnership program that enables individuals, organizations and communities to create their own special Games-themed initiatives.  Be creative, get inspired and IGNITE the spirit of the Games. Apply now!
 
Connect your students with speakers who will provide informative insight into the development of the Games, Games-related opportunities and how to get involved in the largest international multi-sport even ever hosted in Canada.
 
Invite the TO2015 Community Tour to your festival or event! Hear how to get involved in the Games, try playing wheelchair basketball or soccer, meet athletes and learn sport facts that will impress all your friends.  
 
PACHI the porcupine is the official mascot of the TORONTO 2015 Games. He’s been having a great time visiting communities and schools across the Greater Golden Horseshoe region and is always eager to make new friends. Invite PACHI to your school or next event.
 
Let's Get Coaching!
Let’s Get Coaching! The City of Toronto in partnership with the Coaches Association of Ontario is offering free community-level National Coach Certification Program training to Toronto residents aged 16 and older with the goal of training 2,015 coaches in 2015! 
 
How cool would it be to play a role in bringing the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games to life? Very! Youth who will be at least 16 years of age by January 1, 2015, are eligible to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!  
 
I can Learn is a dynamic classroom program, leveraging video technology, athletes, experts and the Pan Am Games to bring to life a curriculum that teaches science and math through sport, helping Canadian students build a solid foundation of STEM knowledge.
 
Play On! PARASPORT
Play On! PARASPORT will provide sport opportunities for children, youth and adults who have visual impairments or other physical disabilities so they can try a variety of parasports in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Siblings or friends welcome to join in. 
 
Poetry Slam (Toronto Library)
A spoken word poetry competition for Toronto youth (youth will receive coaching and instruction before the competition) taking place from January to February 2015 at the Toronto Reference Library.
 
Sport Literacy Program
A multi-sport skill development program for children aged 3–12 that will take place at community recreation centres, camps and after-school programs starting fall 2015.   
 
A sports management, career planning and business development program to help young people channel their love of sport into the pursuit of professional opportunities within the sports industry.
 
Creative Arts Project--Chance to paint 7 foot Muskoka Chair
http://www.tcdsb.org/Pages/PanAm-Games-Creative-Arts-Project.aspx
Deadline April 10, 2015
 

Recent Highlights:

Launch of the Curriculum Resource Guide for the 2015 Games: Kids n’ Play was held at Our Lady of Lourdes on December 4th. Click here to check out the excitement.
 
For more information, visit the official website of the Games: http://www.toronto2015.org/
 
 
 
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