52 Sport Organizations Make Strides Forward in Gender Equity with the Same Game Challenge 

Canadian Women & Sport and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities (Jumpstart) are proud to announce the 52  sport and recreation organizations participating in the fourth cohort of the Same Game Challenge, taking place from January to July 2024.  

Through the Same Game Challenge, sport leaders will build competencies and develop the skills they need to close gender equity gaps as well as create positive and sustainable change in sport.  

Participating organizations in cohort include: 

“We are excited to continue our national work with the Same Game Challenge. This program is building momentum at the community sport level by practically supporting leaders in their day-to-day needs. More than 200 organizations and counting have taken this challenge on, and we could not be prouder!”  

Leah Ferguson, Program Manager at Canadian Women & Sport

Amongst the Cohort 4 participants is Cycling Canada, an organization that wants to be in a position to support youth at the grassroots levels when it comes to gender equity.  

“Cycling Canada is thrilled to be participating in the Same Game Challenge through our HopOn program. HopOn is our rapidly growing grassroots youth cycling program that seeks to teach kids the joys of cycling. As we grow it along with our provincial/territorial partners, we want to set a framework that helps promote gender equity so that all who participate in HopOn have a quality experience that encourages them to keep pedaling. We see this an opportunity to reflect on our programming, so that the next generation of female cyclists in Canada is provided the supports needed to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.”  

Chris Tabri, Community & Grassroots Coordinator at Cycling Canada

The Same Game challenge provides sport leaders with learning opportunities, mentorship, action planning and collaboration through a range of tools, including: 

  • An online gender equity journey that includes creating a gender equity vision, implementing activities that bring that vision to life, and so much more.  
  • 1:1 coaching and mentorship on how to embed gender equity into their organizational strategies, processes and programs.  
  • Access to free licenses of the Gender Equity LENS e-learning module for organizational leaders.  
  • A $1,000 honorarium to support organizational gender equity activities. 
  • Connection with a community of participants made up of diverse people and organizations from across Canada.  

For Baseball Prince Edward Island, it is all about understanding and addressing barriers that get in the way of girls and women playing baseball.  

“Girls and women love baseball. I want to understand what has prevented them from playing, coaching, officiating etc. in a sport they love. Not everyone’s lived experience is the same, so as a leader I need to understand what barriers look like from other perspectives. I am committed to implementing policy and practices that address barriers and create inviting experiences for girls and women in baseball.” 

Rhonda Pauls, Executive Director at Baseball Prince Edward Island

Canadian Women & Sport and Jumpstart have partnered to deliver five cohorts of the Same Game Challenge reaching a total of 240 sport, physical activity and recreation organizations across Canada.  

Interested in learning more? Sign up here! 

Looking for resources to begin your organization’s gender equity journey? Learn more about Same Game – a free online tool that provides a step-by-step approach to embedding gender equity into your organization.  

Proudly in partnership with:

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Same Game is made possible thanks to funding support from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.