Passport to Play was initially launched in the lead-up to Vancouver's 2010 Paralympic Games as a way to inspire disabled youth to become more physically active and to foster stronger relationships between all students. The tradition continued on May 13 when Sir Charles Tupper Secondary welcomed close to 170 athletes with cognitive disabilities from Life Skills programs in high schools across the district.
The athletes chose two activities from a list of 12 possibilities including basketball, soccer, baseball, hockey, power lifting, theatre sports, wrestling, and gymnastics. Maya, a Grade 10 student from Magee who was Bollywood dancing said, "It's uplifting. There is lots of movement. I did it last year too." Rex, a Grade 8 student from Killarney who tried boccia said, "It was so fun to play the game."
Marc Barre, Tupper's phys ed teacher, ran the track and field station, and said he was having a wonderful day. "They expand my expectations." At the end of the afternoon each student took home a passport with information on how to get involved in these kinds of activities outside of school.
This huge one-day sporting event was organized by an army of dedicated volunteers. On the front lines were Tupper's Life Skills teachers Allison Frers and Rosemary Evans, and Grade 11 co-organizers Vince and Lucia, members of the Vancouver District Student Council. The student leaders agreed that the whole-hearted support of the school is what made the event such a success. "Everyone went above and beyond," said Vince.
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