OTA Hosts St. Dunstan Catholic Elementary School Kids as Part of the RBC Learn to Play Project
On Friday, November 20th, the OTA hosted 35 grade 5-7 kids from St. Dunstan Catholic Elementary School to the Aviva Centre for a morning of tennis. The day was part of the RBC Learn to Play Project, through which the OTA, in partnership with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, (TCDSB) was the recipient of a grant to deliver “Serving Up Tennis”; an initiative to help provide teachers and students with training, equipment and resources to help incorporate tennis into the school Phys Ed curriculum.
As part of RBC Sports Day in Canada, the kids from St. Dunstan, located near Pharmacy and Danforth in Toronto’s east end, visited the Aviva Centre home of the Rogers Cup, and got to play indoors in a tennis bubble. Phys Ed teacher Christian Madigan, who helped organize the day for her students noted that the visit was a great opportunity for her students to play tennis indoors, and that many of the kids had never been in a large sports bubble and were extremely excited and enthusiastic. She noted that “many of the children had never been exposed to tennis before, even though there are public courts near the school. The RBC grant made it possible to obtain racquets, nets equipment and balls so that the kids can develop their tennis skills as part of the school programme. The plan is to take the kids to the nearby courts to play in the spring”.
Madigan has championed other initiatives at her school including a pilot programme initiated by Toronto Public Health, “Into Kids’ Health”, in which students are taught the importance of balance in their lives. The programme teaches the importance of proper sleep, diet and exercise while trying to reduce daily “screen time” and sugar intake. She noticed the improvement in the kids overall health once the programme started. “Initiatives like Into Kids Health and the RBC Learn to Play Project have made a difference in my students’ lives”.
For more information on the RBC Learn to Play Project, visit: www.rbc.com/learntoplay