Nine hundred kids make a lot of noise.
Nine hundred very excited kids make even more noise.
On July 27, there was a lot of noise, when a boisterous mass of pre-teens from communities throughout Winnipeg descended on Sinclair Park Community Centre. They were there for Jump-start, a day-long sports and games party for kids who typically have less access to organized programs.
The goal? Having fun while getting active.
Fit Kids/Healthy Kids, with ongoing support of Doctors Manitoba, was there too.
“It’s massive, it’s awesome. It’s almost overwhelming seeing all the buses arrive with all the kids,” says Caleb De Vries, Fit Kids Healthy Kids’ coordinator. The kids, members of the Boys and Girls Clubs, arrived in a line of school buses in the morning and stayed until mid afternoon for loads of activities and competitions.
Kids ages six to 12 spent the day rotating through multiple games stations on site. They played dodgeball, stomp and catch, ladder golf, hoop flips, and running and jumping relays, among other activities promoting physical fitness and fun. On a literacy tarp, they practiced spelling and the alphabet by jumping, hopping and skipping on letters. A parachute station, cat and mouse, and a shark and life guard games also kept the kids giggling and engaged.
“It’s a big, massive celebration. It was fun day. There was no school, no stress, and at the weather was great,” De Vries says.
When the competition got fierce, kids also yelled chants and cheers to encourage their teammates.
“It was incredible to see and hear,” DeVries says.
Two hundred adult volunteers were also on hand to make the day happen, including doctors from Doctors Manitoba.
The annual event is one, of a number of programs Doctors Manitoba supports through its ongoing commitment to Fit Kids, Healthy Kids.
The support from Doctors Manitoba is incredibly important to make this day happen every year for the children, De Vries says.