Get in the game for Sports Day in Canada on Sept. 30

A Try It Day open house at the LINC Youth Centre in Courtenay this Sunday is part of the third annual Sports Day in Canada.

A Try It Day open house at the LINC Youth Centre in Courtenay this Sunday (Sept. 30) is part of the third annual Sports Day in Canada.

SDC is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across the country. In 2011, 1,300 organizations and nearly one million Canadians “got in the game” and took part.

At the Courtenay Recreation Association’s LINC Youth Centre, the day will begin with a Girls On The Move Geo-caching Adventure. Try the GOTM program and learn how to use a GPS system in a real-world treasure hunt.

Finish the day with a cooking session of healthy foods with ELM Fitness, and a stretching session with Island Pilates Fitness at the LINC.

Activities Sunday will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 300 Old Island Highway in Courtenay, not far from the Lewis Centre.

For details, e-mail dstarritt@courtenay.ca or phone 250-334-8138.

Leading up to, and including Sept. 29, over 1,000 local organizations, communities and schools across Canada will throw open their doors to celebrate sport at the local level, and help build momentum for Sports Day.

On the ground, in communities across the country, organizers will hold a blitz of Sports Day in Canada events, with community-wide festivals, try-it days, open houses, games, competitions, meet-and-greets, tournaments, fun runs, spectator events and pep rallies that celebrate sport at all levels.

Organizers can create something new, or throw open their doors to something they’re already doing — and invite Canadians to lace up and join them.

To register an event, find existing events and download promotional material, visit http://sportsday.cbc.ca.

This Friday is a national day to show your love and support for sport by wearing a jersey, team or club uniform to school, work or play. From municipal council chambers to office buildings and classrooms across the nation, a sea of Canadians will wear their hearts on their sleeves on national Jersey Day.

Businesses are encouraged to ask employees to wear sports jerseys to work and donate $2 to Kidsport or the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.

The national day of sport celebration will be marked by a television event airing on CBC Sports. The Sports Day in Canada on CBC broadcast will profile standout community events from across Canada that embody the Sports Day experience, unified by award-winning national sports anchor Scott Russell.

The stories, the passion and the power of sport will be shared with Canadians. The broadcast will include local community stories, live hits from local events, interviews with key personalities and engaging discussions.

Sports Day in Canada is presented by CBC Sports, Radio-Canada Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport, working with national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country. It’s an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport to build community, fortify our national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living.

Sports Day in Canada is supported by Sport Canada and is expanding its reach in this province thanks to a partnership with B.C.’s Ministry of Health.

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