Public Health Agency of Canada - The Public Health Agency of Canada has partnered with Special Olympics Canada, the RBC Foundation and the Samuel Family Foundation to increase opportunities for children living with intellectual disabilities to participate in physical activity.
Special Olympics Canada currently runs two initiatives, called “Active Start” and “FUNdamentals,” that provide children with an intellectual disability the opportunity to improve physical, social and cognitive abilities, thereby establishing a foundation for being physically active and healthy. With funding from the Government of Canada, the RBC Foundation and the Samuel Family Foundation, these programs will be expanded, reaching more children across Canada.
The goal of this partnership is to promote healthy living and healthy weights among children living with intellectual disability.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is providing $468,416 in funding, which is being matched by private sector funding. Contributors include the RBC Foundation and the Samuel Family Foundation.
Special Olympics Canada’s Active Start and FUNdamentals programs are successfully running in many communities across the country, helping young athletes develop many important skills required in both sport and everyday life.
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