On February 24th 2023, First Tee – Ontario, in collaboration with ParaGolf Ontario, offered First Tee programming at the 35th Lieutenant Governor Games at Variety Village in Scarborough, Ontario.
Variety Village is a sport, training, and life skills facility for people of all ages and abilities. Their programs service and promote accessible and inclusive healthy active living opportunities and empower people with disabilities to participate and feel seen and included.
This year, 750 youth of all abilities from schools and surrounding community organizations participated in inclusive activities such as tae kwon do, ballet, wheelchair basketball, dance, sitting volleyball, curling, and more. The event welcomed Tom Brown as official emcee, Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Neil Lumsden, Minister of Sport, Karen Stintz, President and CEO, Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario, and Henoc Muamba, Toronto Argos Grey Cup Champion.
Variety Village is a First Tee – Ontario community centre location and will be offering First Tee programming starting this year.
First Tee – Canada introduces youth to golf through inclusive and accessible golf environments at golf courses, schools, and community centres while providing life-enhancing development opportunities through sport.
“Variety Village is one of the many locations offering First Tee that share our vision of providing accessible and inclusive pathways to sport. Together, we are providing empowering opportunities through sport to all children, regardless of their age, abilities, or backgrounds,” said Amaya Athill, Manager, First Tee – Ontario. “Through partnerships like this one, we are able to make a greater impact in the community.”
For more information on First Tee – Ontario programming, or how to become a First Tee location, please email [email protected].