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Moving to inclusion: Connecting OCH youth to recreation and sport
recLINK is an Initiative run by the OCH Foundation with support from Trinity Development Group and the Ottawa Senators Foundation. recLINK helps OCH families remove the many complex barriers they face: (i.e., transportation, equipment, registration costs, language and family support). recLINK staff use an active pursuit model to connect with OCH residents to build trust and rapport; support them in the development of a recreation plan; seek out opportunities; and then guide families through the registration and subsidy process.
Since 2016, recLINK staff have connected over 1,300 OCH young people to over 130,000+ hours of recreation and sport programming. Through strong relationships with community service providers and third party-supporters we have leveraged over $350,000 in subsidized fees and/or free in-kind spaces in camps, sports and recreation programs. To see recLINK in action, have a look at a short video developed by one of partners: https://youtu.be/oQ1MkuAMyNE
If you would like more information on the recLINK program, please reach out to Sharon Jollimore, the Foundations new Director of Programs and Innovation at firstname.lastname@example.org
DID YOU KNOW?
25% of children in low income families participate in recreation and sport programs compared to 75% of their higher income peers?