Community Sport Development Project (funded by the HCCP)
The over-arching goal of this three phase project is to support the development of community engagement, leadership and employability skills in high school students while exposing participants to the sport of baseball. The target group is Grade 10 and 11 students in under-represented areas of Etobicoke and Scarborough with the focus on communities north of the 401. The project has received the financial support of the Humber College Community Partnership Fund (HCCP)
Phase 1- Community Sport Development: “Baseball Has No Boundaries”
In November 2014, Humber Athletics hosted 130 students and staff in Grades 10 and 11 from North Albion Collegiate Institute. Guest speakers spoke about various careers in sport in sessions termed “Career Explorations”. Students also participated in “Game Explorations” which exposed them to skills involved in baseball. The importance of physical activity and nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle were concepts that were emphasized during the one-day event.
Phase 2- Community Sport Development: “Leadership in Sport Camp”
In June 2015, 20 participants from L’Amoreaux Collegiate took part in a three day Leadership in Sport Camp. This camp gave students the opportunity to earn two components of NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) certification and CPR /First Aid. Participants also took part in a day of on-field practical training which exposed them to baseball related skills and teaching methods. Upon completion, participants were eligible to gain work work experience by gaining placements at various summer camps. These placements were organized by the project leads and included the Scarborough Baseball Association and Humber Jr. Hawks Summer Sports Camp. In total, 11 students received work placements. A number of the students continued to volunteer at local baseball tournaments.
Next Step - Community Sport Development: Dual Credit Class and Programming
The next component of the program will launch in February of 2016 in the form of a dual credit class. This class will be modelled around the current RECL 111 offered by HRT. The class has been approved by HRT, the TDSB and dual credit team. It will be taught by Theresa Steger and Matt Ferreira.
Sustainability Piece: Phase 1
On March 1st, 2016 Humber Athletics will host 40 students from North Albion Collegiate and L'Amoreaux Collegiate in the second edition of "Baseball Has No Boundaries".
Sustainability Piece: Phase 2
In June 2016, the project team is planning on running a second "Leadership in Sport" camp in North Etobicoke.
Humber Jr Hawks After School Sports Program
Humber College Athletics has partnered with elementary schools in the Lakeshore community to provide after school sports programs for youth. These programs were developed to provide children with the opportunity to participate in, and develop skills within various sports. These programs also promote physical activity amongst youth while also encouraging children to work in a team environment, helping to develop lifelong skills. Sports that will be taught include; basketball, soccer, dodgeball, wiffle ball, ultimate frisbee and many more.
A pilot project was launched in the Fall of 2014 at Twentieth Street school. A 16 week program was developed and was very successful. The Twentieth Street program is now running for a third session during the Winter 2016 semester.
A second program partnership was launched in January 2016 with Second Street Junior Middle School and is set to run for 14 weeks from January to April.
For more information on Community Outreach partnerships in Athletics contact Matt Ferreira at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-675-6622 ext. 3707