More than 28,000 Children and Youth Catch the Spirit of the Canada Games Day!


More than 28,000 children and youth from schools across Canada have registered to date for the first Canada Games Day National School Challenge, happening on Friday June 8th, 2007.

CAHPERD has invigorated its National School Challenge program with a new event that is sure to be exhilarating for both students and teachers. The National Canada Games Day Challenge is a nation-wide school challenge hosted in partnership by the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) and the Canada Games Council. This challenge was designed to mirror the energy and spirit of the Canada Games.

“National School Challenges like the Canada Games Day not only inspires future champions, but also creates an atmosphere that makes physical activity fun and exciting for everyone,” said Grant McManes, President of CAHPERD. “This is a truly Canadian National School Challenge that instills the importance of leading an active, healthy life and exposes children and youth to new sports they can enjoy.”

For the challenge, students will be divided into teams representing the thirteen Canadian provinces and territories and compete in three events based on existing sports in the Winter and Summer Canada Games. The events include a relay, a slalom relay, and dry-land canoeing. Following each event, students will be challenged with Canadian trivia questions that will increase their knowledge of Canadian provinces and territories, geography, history, and sports.

“The Canada Games Council is excited to partner with CAHPERD on this special National School Challenge” says Sue Hylland, President and CEO, Canada Games Council. “We are committed to inspiring dreams and building champions in Canadian children and youth 365 days a year and this Challenge does that. It’s going to be a great day for students and teachers across this country.”

An online registration process makes it easy to track how many schools are involved and will connect media to participating schools in their community.

The Canada Games Day is the final National School Challenge for the 2006-2007 school year. In November, students participated in MOGA Madness (the Most Outrageous Group Activity) and in May students played a giant game of tag through the SpecTAGular National School Challenge.

Held once every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for the next generation of national team athletes and future champions. Canada Games Days represents one of the new programs under the Canada Games Council’s between Games initiatives titled Dreams and Champions Programs.

CAHPERD is a national, charitable, voluntary-sector organization whose primary concern is to influence the healthy development of children and youth by advocating for quality, school-based physical and health education.