As much as SpringSmash is about sports and play, the charitable aspect of the day is just as important.
The grade 12 McEwen Leadership students launched SpringSmash 2019 at a full-school assembly this morning, promoting an action-packed, fun-filled day. They showed slide after slide of featured activities such as monster trikes, splash blast (a take on the dunk tank), hoverball archery, water pong (with the emphasis on water, not the usual liquid used in pong activities), a mechanical bull (which received a rousing cheer from the Middle School), and the ever-popular Zorb Balls.
However, the McEwen students made a convincing appeal in support of Jumpstart Charity, which gives kids from families in financial need the same chance to participate in sports and extra-curricular activities as their neighbours, their classmates, and their friends. Fundraising in support of Jumpstart allows SAC students to give back to families in Aurora and Newmarket that don’t have the means to provide such opportunities.
The fundraising goal for the entire student body is $30,000 and every $100 raised will give one child a chance to participate in a sport of their choice.
The McEwen Leadership students arranged for a guest from Character Community Foundation of York Region to speak at the assembly about how the Jumpstart funding goes back into the community.
Suzanne Cappuccitti, the charitable group’s executive director, told the boys about her group’s Slap Shot hockey development program that teaches children not only sports skills but also combats isolation and helps low-income, newcomer children integrate socially and culturally in their schools and communities.
“The poverty and challenges faced by these children are not easily seen, but very, very real,” she said.
Slap Shot has been in operation since 2011 but lost its core funder in late 2016. Jumpstart became the new partner.
“Since 2017, with the support of Jumpstart, we have delivered this program to 840 boys and girls and we are making a positive impact on the lives of children across York Region,” Suzanne said.
Donations to Jumpstart can be made in person by filling out pledge forms located in the Staunton Gallery and Reception and returning them to the donation boxes at Reception. Alternatively, online donations can be made here.
This year's SpringSmash event is sponsored and supported by Nicholas Dean Outdoors, Orange Theory Fitness, Cassels Brock Lawyers, and Boland Howe LLP.Story by Julie Caspersen