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Reach Up! is a collaborative initiative between Lakehead University Athletics and Wasaya Airways to provide on-site instruction in sport-specific coaching and general leadership strategies for youth in Northern Ontario First Nations communities serviced by Wasaya Airways. Program visits feature discussion between Lakehead coaches and community coaches/leaders on how to grow and sustain interest in sport as well as sport-specific training. In addition, Lakehead athletes meet with local youth to discuss peer leadership, life goals, and to share their personal experiences.
Lakehead University Athletics and Wasaya Airways believe in the power of sport to change lives and want to establish a sustainable program that will not only create a legacy of activity in Northern communities, but also encourage Aboriginal youth to consider the benefits of postsecondary education for themselves and their communities.
In January 2016, Reach Up! was successful in receiving a grant from the Calgary Foundation’s Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund to support our initiative. This Grant was awarded to Lakehead University because our Reach Up! program aligns with their values to encourage young people to learn about, enjoy and play amateur sport of all kinds as well as to increase equal access and promote participation in community-based amateur sport. This financial support from the Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous youth in Northwestern Ontario. Thank you!
Check out the Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund