(ISN) – Team BC and Big Brothers Big Sisters Prince George (BBBSPG) announced today a new partnership to support children in Prince George. During the 2015 Canada Winter Games, Team BC will provide a clothing and cash donation to the Team Up! mentorship program that introduces children in Prince George to sport and activities while teaching the importance of healthy eating, leadership, and communications skills.
“Teaching children healthy habits at a young age, including nutrition, leadership and communication, helps prepare them for success in life,” said Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “As a longtime supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters here in Prince George, it is terrific to know that the Team Up! mentorship program will benefit from a special partnership with Team BC. This will be another legacy of the 2015 Canada Winter Games.”
Team BC and Big Brothers Big Sisters share common values of the importance of healthy living and physical activity as well as the vital role of mentors to teach and coach young people to achieve their potential.
“We are so excited to be welcoming the athletes, coaches, and family members of Team BC into Team BBBSPG,” said Tim Bennett, Executive Director. “This partnership will allow us to continue to grow our new Team Up! program and together with our mentors and partners show local youth the importance of healthy lifestyles and active living while they are building self-confidence and leadership skills through sport. This partnership and the Team BC legacy project will start something big for children and youth living in Prince George.”
At every Games since 2011, Team BC has initiated a legacy project focused on social responsibility. Realizing the tremendous contribution that every host community makes to plan and stage the Games, it is a goal of Team BC to give back to the community and leave a valuable and meaningful legacy.
“Our athletes, coaches, and mission staff know first-hand the value of sport and physical activity,” said Rob Needham, Team BC Chef de Mission. “To be able to help provide that opportunity to youth in Prince George is a very worthwhile endeavour and we are proud to be able to lend our support.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters Prince George
We believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, both as individuals and citizens. By doing so, they will not only do well, they will also do good.
Serving as role models, our mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and of having respect for family, peers, and community. Each time we pair a child with a mentor or introduce a group of students to an in-school program, we start something incredible – a life-changing relationship built on friendship, trust, and empowerment.