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Shape Up

October 30, 2011

Whenever athletes give back to their community, it’s hard not to have a smile on your face.  Although I am in no way a Toronto Maple Leafs fan (Go Habs Go!) and Mats Sundin used to be one of our arch enemies, as an athlete off the ice, you just have to love when he leaves his hometown of Sweden to visit James S. Bell Elementary School in Etobicoke on Thursday to give back to the community.  Here’s a brief 4 minute video below as he does encourage students to “Shape Up” and engage in physical activity… and maintain it!

So what is Shape Up?

“Shape Up is now in its second year and is a free program focused on using professional sports to promote healthy, active living opportunities for children in Grades 1-8. Many kids are spending more hours sitting in front of a computer or TV and less time doing physical activity – a problem that Sundin feels is becoming more of a concern for today’s youth.”

The resources available to teachers through this program (created by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE)) are easily accessible and once more, readily available.  As well, there are potential rewards for participating in this program beyond the time spent on physical activity, although this is the primary incentive of the program.

“As part of the program teachers are provided with access to online Daily Physical Activity and Health & Physical Education (H&PE) resources such as video demonstrations, model classrooms, activity cards, circuits and missions from the Leafs, Toronto Marlies, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC.”

“Classes participating in the program are also eligible to win school visits and clinics with players, as well as a chance to attend an exclusive MLSE Shape Up event highlighting MLSE’s four teams.”

If you’d like to read this article in its entity, you may find it here: http://www.oyetimes.com/sports/76-hockey/14840-former-toronto-maple-leafs-star-mats-sundin-helps-kids-shape-up

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