About 100 Niagara youth will gather at Brock on Saturday, April 10 for the inaugural Unity Games Day.
The games will teach life skills such as teamwork, co-operation and leadership. It will include participants from the United Way of St. Catharines and District and the Resource Association for Teens (RAFT) after-school programs. Student, staff and faculty volunteers will lead the activities in Walker Complex.
James Mandigo, a Physical Education and Kinesiology professor at Brock, developed the program in 2006, when he conducted Unity Games for youth in El Salvador and the British Virgin Islands. He used sport and physical activities to encourage healthy choices and living skills in a country that has the second-highest homicide rate among youth.
At the Unity Games, students make new friends while learning positive life skills, he said.
“The Unity Games are a great way for Niagara youth to come together to mark the World Health Organization’s World Health Day,” Mandigo said.
Community Connections and Youth University are two of the many University departments supporting the Unity Games. The games have provided student volunteers with the chance to combine their academic studies with community service.
The games have engaged “students from all years of study and a wide rage of backgrounds for a common cause,” said Kristen Smith, Community Connections co-ordinator. “This has been a positive experience for Brock volunteers. And it will also be a life-changing event for many of the youth who will visit our campus.”
Sodexo, the University’s campus caterer, will provide a nutritious lunch for all youth and volunteers.
The games will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
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