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May Newsletter: Creating Healthier Sport Environments

Mental health is an essential part of everyone’s overall health and wellbeing. It includes how people feel about themselves and the direction of their lives, and their ability to cope with life’s challenges.

Sport participation plays an important role in supporting positive mental health.

Our latest Insights Report, in partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Rallying for Girls’ Mental Health – The Benefits of Safe and Healthy Sport Participation, explores the benefits of sport participation for girls’ mental health and the essential role sport leaders play in creating healthy sport experiences.

Learn more and read the insights here.


Applications Open for Same Game Challenge

Calling all sport leaders! We’re looking for participants for the 2023 Same Game Challenge, a program aimed at empowering sport leaders with knowledge and tools to tackle gender inequity and help make Canadian sport more inclusive. 

As part of the program, participating organizations will go through an online gender equity learning process, receive 1:1 coaching, complete the Gender Equity LENS e-learning module, receive an $1,000 honorarium, and connect and collaborate with a community of participants made up of diverse people and organizations from across Canada.

There are two program dates available for 2023. The first cohort starts in July! 

Learn more and apply here by June 15, 2023.

Questions? Contact us.

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


May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Annually on this day, we recognize the intersectional discrimination that members of the LGBTQ2IS community face in all areas of society, including sport. As an organization, we’re committed to standing up for inclusion, continuing our own learning and amplifying organizations that are creating change in this space.

Let’s work towards a world where everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, can access safe, quality sport. For sport leaders looking to enhance their ability to create safer spaces, access our Leading the Way resources this #IDAHOBIT2023: https://bit.ly/3MtIzX2 


What the Data Tells Us

The Role Sport Plays in Mental Health 

In Rally Report 2022, we asked more than 4,500 Canadians about their experiences playing and leading sport. The mental health benefits of sport participation for girls are clear:  

Learn how you can support girls’ mental health in our latest Insights Report: Rallying for Girls’ Mental Health: The Benefits of Safe and Healthy Sport Participation.


CWS in the Media

It’s time for bold investment in girls and women in sport

The current narrative surrounding women’s sport is all about the enormous potential it holds. And while it’s important to celebrate and champion this potential—it’s time to move beyond talk and take bold action in support of girls and women in sport. In fact, it’s past time.

In time for Canada’s first (and record-breaking!) WNBA game, our CEO, Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, shared her thoughts on why it’s important to take bold action now to invest in girls and women in sport.

Read the full piece here.


Partner & Community Updates

News From the Community

Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching 

The latest edition of the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching delves into the challenges and best practices for transgender and non-binary people in sport. Learn about the misconceptions and how we can create more inclusive sporting environments. Check out the full article here.

Fast and Female Power Hour, presented by Ontario Cycling

Join us for a morning of empowerment through sports and physical activity with Ontario Cycling! This Power Hour includes a Fast and Female curriculum-based workshop, fun physical activity, and Q&A with our REAL (Relatable, Empowering, Active Leaders) Role Models, and more. Participants will enjoy high-quality time with women athlete role models. Learn more.

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Thanks for reading!