Sports and recreation are key elements of the Portage therapeutic program – fundamental to the residents’ long-term health and recovery process. A $15,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation last May has gone towards improving the athletic experience for Portage Elora residents, with an upgrade to the gymnasium floor and the purchase of new sports equipment.
Residents are excited about the new gym and equipment. Many have become more motivated to learn a new sport and some have shown a renewed interest in a recreational activity that they had once been engaged in but had abandoned because of drug addiction. Access to a variety of sports and recreational activities provides the youth at Portage Elora with opportunities to develop positive, adaptive coping strategies and to learn, not only new game skills, but new life skills as well.
The range of accessible team sports has been broadened by the new equipment purchases: the centre is now outfitted for baseball, basketball, volleyball, badminton, football, soccer, hockey, ringette, and lacrosse. Multisport floor lines were painted on the new gymnasium floor. The gym is now a safer, more enjoyable playing and learning environment.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is a Government of Ontario agency with the mission of building healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario through community-based investments.