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Lifeskills Sport Club

By Kasandra Peters & Sara Kox

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April 4 , 2012


Introduction Introductory text goes here.

Contents Introduction

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Mission Statement

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Vision

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Objectives

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Recruitment and Retention

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Human Resources

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Partnerships

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Finances

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Summary

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Mission Statement Who we are and what we do? Vision Where we are going? Objectives What the program plans to offer‌ Recruitment and Retention Who: The target population Human Resources Volunteers and Staff Partnerships Who we are working with and who are the program sponsors? Finances Where will the money be coming from?

Future Ideas What the future holds for the program? Summary Ideas for expansion of the program

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Introduction: We are looking to develop a program that special population persons can become involved in, during their high school years. This program involves learning different sport specific and non-sport specific activities, while also encompassing character building. This program will be held within the Windsor area, at 5 designated high schools. The program will be immediately following school hours for a couple of hours. The 5 schools will be on a rotational schedule each day of the week. The 5 schools include: -

Assumption College Catholic High School (Monday)

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Holy Names Catholic High School (Tuesday)

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Catholic Central High School (Wednesday)

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F.J. Brennan Catholic High School (Thursday)

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St. Joseph’s Catholic High School (Friday)

Students are welcome to come to other schools on other days, but transportation would need to be arranged.

Mission: “Lifeskills Sports Club” aims to provide physical activity, confidence, character building and support to all special populations at the high school level.

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Vision: Special populations will be given the opportunity to explore and experience what the world of physical activity and sport has to offer. With the help of student leadership program, all special populations have the chance at an increased level of social interaction which can aid in the development of characteristics that will one day make them leaders of their own.

Objectives:

We want to provide physical activity opportunities to special populations. This program is created as an after school program, which provides a safe, enjoyable environment for the special populations, which they can look forward too. This program can help to build character through social interactions with both able bodied individuals: which includes our volunteers which are leadership students at the designated schools and non-abled bodied individuals: which includes their fellow classmates. The character building also includes increasing self-esteem, confidence and self- efficacy, by providing the students with the tools needed to learn and understand the technical aspects and skills of the sports. This program also provides the special populations to experience the feeling of belonging to a team; learning how to work with others, give and receive respect, and the teamwork needed to succeed. Outline of program: -

Once a week meeting at the respectively schools

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$100 per participant (cover cost of newsletters, t-shirts, rentals etc.)


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2.5 hours (2:30pm until 5:00pm)

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We will be playing sport specific activities, for example: soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, yoga, floor hockey, mini putt golf, flag football; also we will play non-sport specific activities, for example: team building exercises, leadership games, low key organized games

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There will be monthly sport theme; last weekly session of each month will be a “theme day”  this day we will use all the skills and techniques learned during the other sessions to play in a game day

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Each participant will be matched up with a leadership student, this way they have one-on-one interaction; buddy system

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The participants will participate in team play and organized mini-games

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There will be snacks and water provided during each session

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Participants are welcome to join the program at other schools as well, but that requires organized transportation on behalf of the participant **

Benefits: -

Increased physical health

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Cognitive development

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Develop role models

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Build friendships

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New opportunities

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Build personal connections and networks


Recruitment and Retention: We will focus on approaching the parents of these special population students. Mainly we will be holding an initial first meeting for all the parents/guardians of these students at the individual schools. At this meeting we will be explaining the goals and objectives we hope to accomplish during these weekly sessions. We will introduce them to the staff who will be assisting during the program (some of which are already working with these students at the school, PSWs, EAs). The leadership students will also be present at the meeting. The parents/guardians will be able to meet with the leadership student who will be matched up with their child. This allows the participant and parents/guardians to meet the volunteer who will be working with them one on one at the weekly session. During the year, we will be providing the students and their parents/guardians with a weekly newsletter outlining the previous week’s activities, and the successes of the program’s participants. Every month we will provide a monthly calendar displaying and providing the participant and their parents/guardians information about what events and experiences are coming up during that month.

Human Resources: We will be working along- side the student leadership class at the respective schools, to buddy up with each participant (providing one-on-one interaction). There will also be 2-5 staff members who work in the classroom with the students on a daily basis. There will also be a designated club programmer for each school, who will be sending out the weekly newsletters. This club programmer


will be the person in charge of the weekly session, and if the parents/guardians have any questions and concerns this is the person they can get ahold of. We, the creators of this program will be attending each session, ensuring that the sessions are running smoothly, the participants are getting the benefits we are aiming to get. We will be evaluating the program, and also sending surveys to the parents/guardians of the participants to assess whether the participants are getting the benefits they are promised. These surveys and evaluations will be monthly assessments, this way we can adjust any issues that may have arisen from the evaluations. There will be opportunities for local people to get involved in volunteering for our program. We will be advertising for volunteers at other high schools, the University of Windsor and St. Clair College. These volunteers will go through some training and background checks. The more volunteers we can have the better the program will run; which also decreases the participant to volunteer ratios.

Partnerships: We will be partnering up with local businesses and companies in the area to see if we can receive donations and sponsorships. One main partner is the Windsor Catholic School Board. We would like to become partners with them, so that rental cost is reduced (or eliminated) to use their school’s facilities and equipment. This would be very beneficial; this way the cost of the program can be minimal to the participants. We are also looking to partner up with local


grocery store chain to determine whether the cost to the participants may be decreased, if snacks and water can be donated. This also could be done through other local companies if they want to contribute donations to the program. These partnerships will have their name advertised on our t-shirts, in the newsletters and if there are any events held we will be putting their name out there. It is a great cause because these students may not get all the opportunities that an able bodied student will get. This also gives them the team atmosphere while still having fun and learning. We will also be putting in for grants from the government to help assist our program. This is a not for profit organization, so any help we can get from the government or local businesses and companies would be greatly appreciated. We will look to the University and College for funding and support for the program, or if they can donate for the cost of any supplies or equipment that may be needed.

Finances: The start-up costs of the program will be quite low, considering we will be receiving a generous assistance through the Windsor Catholic School Board to use their facilities and equipment at minimal to no cost. The main costs that we will need to be find funding for are for the snacks, which we hope to receive donation to cover the cost of them; t-shirts, which will be covered under the registration price; newsletters, which at the moment will be printed, this may change to being emailed to the parents/guardians to reduce costs. Other costs


we need to assess are the cost of certain staff that we have hired to assist with the program. Like the staff who work with the participants during the day in the classrooms, as mentioned early there will be 2-5 of them hired to assist with the program. Also a club program designer will need to be paid for their hard work in organizing the games and activities each week, being in charge of the program, their volunteers/staff and their participants at the designated school, putting out a weekly newsletter, and putting out a monthly calendar.

Future Ideas: If the program is very successful and the participants truly enjoy it, we may consider expanding it to run the program through the summer. This will require more volunteers or paid staff to assist with, which could adjust the cost to join the club. Lifeskills Sports Club committee would like to make the costs as minimal as possible but this could change depending on what may occur during the summer. The program would be more of a day camp for the participants, where again they will learn techniques and skills of a variety of sports. While also learning leadership qualities and character building components. This summer day camp program will be developed if the evaluation of the after school program is successful and has a high demand to keep going.

Conclusion: We hope to make this an effective, successful program that will benefit the special population students at the high school age category. This program will


provide these students with ample opportunities to gain knowledge in specific sports, learning the techniques and skills. There will be the tools required to improve their confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. They also will be working with students who they can look up to, use as role models.

Example of our T-shirt:

Sports Development Program Plan  

Lifeskills Sports Club

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