Vancouver, June 16 - The ParticipAction Community Better Challenge was a resounding success as it got Canadians sitting less and moving more. Participants tracked their activity from May 31 to June 16 and the Challenge had a total of 254,813,108 physical activity minutes tracked. British Columbia was proud to produce Canada's Most Active Community, Enderby, who took the top prize of $150,000, which will go towards local physical activity initiatives.
Locally, the Vancouver Basketball Foundation™ tracked on-court minutes of physical activity by male and female athletes from ages 5 to 18. As many of these hours were spent at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre and Britannia Community Centre, it was a great opportunity to include a cross-cultural component that celebrated the fact that Foundation programs are run on the traditional unseeded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Wututh, and Musqueam First Nations.
The funding received from ParticipAction allowed the Foundation to fund Jr NBA registration fees for 13 children and youth in the Britannia community who otherwise would have never had access to this national program that has the shared goal of getting young people active and encouraging physical activity as a lifestyle choice that lasts a lifetime.