WATCH ABOVE: A special event was held in Lower Sackville Monday, aimed to bring your from all walks of life together. The event was organized by the United Nations Association of Canada, and as Global’s David Squires reports, it used sports as a catalyst.
LOWER SACKVILLE, NS – More than 200 kids from across the municipality gathered in Lower Sackville for a special event organized by the United Nations Association of Canada.
“Sport Unite” was a daylong event using sport to bring youth from all walks of life together.
“The idea is we bring kids from around the city from different communities and diversities and use sport to show how it can bridge those diversity gaps in our communities,” said Coordinator Jason Davis.
Participants played a variety of sports with children from cultures they wouldn’t normally participate with or be exposed to.
“You get to meet new people and make new friends,” said Braden MacKinnon
“It’s fun so other kids can meet other kids from all over the world,” said Jonathan Roberts
Seven year old Ava Thomas from Halifax said the day was about more than sports.
“I’m just having fun and getting to be friends with new people that you don’t even know from different cultures you may have not visited yet.”
Organizers call the event a valuable learning experience, with lessons and memories that can make an imprint on a kids life.
“What I hope the kids take from this is more awareness and experience dealing with groups outside of their own and maybe in the future being more comfortable with participating in activities that might be outside of their comfort zone and bubble,” said Davis.
The event was inspired by the diversity of the recent Pan Am Games. Halifax was one of seven cities in the country selected by UNA-Canada for the event.