“When my son was younger he and his friends used to play all the time. As his friends grew up they started to play stand-up sports and he began to feel left out. This all changed when he found Easter Seals. Here he feels included with life-long friends. I can’t describe the pride I feel when I see him laughing at wheelchair basketball on Tuesdays.”
There are many seasonal and special events that take place at Easter Seals throughout the year, including Breakfast with Santa, youth dances, tournaments and other events such as Boccia Fun Fest. These are different from regular program registrations.
The chill of the ice, the weight of the puck, the smell of the pads, the edge of your seat excitement- that’s hockey. And in every way, that’s sledge hockey too.
Picture a hockey player fully decked out in their equipment. Take off their skates. Strap them in a sled with blades on the bottom. Now take away their stick and replace it with two smaller sticks with metal picks on the top. Now you have a sledge hockey player.
Sledge hockey is Canada’s favourite game adapted for people with disabilities and a favourite of Easter Seals families.
Racing down the court, passing the ball to a teammate after a wordless glance, turning on a dime, these are essential skills of any basketball player- wheelchair basketball is no different. All the rules and regulations remain the same. The only difference is that these athletes are in wheelchairs.
If ever there was a sport that could shatter the stereotype of a person in a wheelchair, it is wheelchair basketball.
A Recreational focused program is offered on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm at Easter Seals House
A Competition focused program is offered on Wednesday nights from 07:00-08:30 pm
To play Boccia, players must repeatedly toss their ball within millimetres of the jack- while sitting in a wheelchair.
Boccia levels the playing field, as all competitors must sit in their chair in a designated box. Played with leather balls on a gymnasium court, this sport is perhaps best described as a cross between lawn bowling and curling.
It is called the most inclusive sport in the world, and is played at all levels, from recreational all the way up to Paralympic competition.
The Community Boccia program is offered on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm at Easter Seals House and is geared towards players ages 18+.
An Introductory/Developmental Boccia program may be offered pending interest and registration
The Let's Get Active program welcomes children ages 0-12 years to develop fundamental movement skills to aid in physical literacy. Children will explore their balance, motor skills and flexibility using hula hoops. parachute games, balls, bean bags and more. Volunteers will assist participants in reaching their physical activity goals in a fun, exciting, and rewarding way by engaging them in challenging games and activities. Some goals may be "I want to use my walker or wheelchair better", "I want to run faster", or "I wish to throw further."
The Winter session runs from Jan 14 - May 27, 2017.
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and must be completed online. All interested parties must register even if they were previously enrolled in the 2016 fall session. Limited spaces are available. The registration fee for the Winter session is $50
The sharp smell of the chlorine hits you almost as fast as the splashing - it must be Easter Seals swimming night.
This program is for participants who enjoy swimming, wish to learn to swim, or simply like relaxing in the water. Water therapy offers many physical benefits such as improved circulation, better flexibility and enhanced muscular development.
The program’s greatest benefit, however, is the freedom of movement the water offers. This freedom offers an immeasurable physical and psychological benefit for participants.