This week, Algoma Family Services (AFS), Nogdawindamin, Algoma Public Health (APH), the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), and Child Care Algoma (CCA, partnered up for ‘Sky’s the Limit!’
This series of events was in celebration and promotion of children’s mental health.
On Monday, the closing ceremonies will take place at AFS at 12pm.
This weekend, Sault College played host to a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament as part of the week-long festivities. It was the first year that ‘Sky’s the Limit’ has incorporated a basketball tournament into the celebrations.
8 teams ages 8-13 competed in the tournament, which was sponsored by Student Nutrition Ontario.
“The kids are out having a great time, and we are hoping to make it (basketball) an annual event,” said Emily Tremblay from AFS, the organizer of this event.
She continued, “We got such a great response from the community, so many local businesses donated door prizes, healthy snacks, and stuff for the swag bags and sportsmanship awards. It was great to see the community really come together for children’s mental health.”
Aiden Giovannati, an 8-year-old participant in the tournament, assured SaultOnline that he would play next year for children’s mental health week, too. He joined a team with some friends, and described the day as a lot of fun.
His father, Jeff Giovannati, shared that the cause was a huge factor in having his son play in the tournament, “Research strongly suggests the correlation between having a strong mental well-being and being active. That is what we want the young boys to do, be out in the community and being active, and we are so fortunate that AFS and Sault College have provided a great environment for that here today.”
This event in conjunction with the other events that took place for ‘Sky’s the Limit,’ pegged all the elements that tie into a holistic approach to mental health; mental and spiritual well-being and awareness, physical health (being active and eating right), and music and artistic expression.
Of children’s mental health week and it’s increasing scope year after year, CEO of AFS Ali Juma told SaultOnline, “Every year it gets bigger and better, with more community partners, which is great, because we can’t do it alone.”
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