Team Unbreakable is off to a flying start in Toronto this Spring.
In our largest program term ever, 18 schools are participating in the Unbreakable Run Program, some with as many as 80 youth participants. Program Coordinator Nils Blondon credits this success to trust, hard work, and a commitment to the communities and schools Team Unbreakable serves.
Not only is the Unbreakable Run Program growing, but new wrinkles are being introduced as well. Two schools have incorporated the program into their graded curriculum. Blake Street Public School has made it an extension of their school wellness initiative; and, at Parkdale CI, three of their gym classes are using the program and training towards completion of a 5k run at our “Toronto Unbreakable 5k” in Coronation Park on June 8.
Along with the students, Team Unbreakable is working with lots of new parents and teachers as well – as many more of them are engaging and getting involved.
“It’s [the program] starting to sustain itself,” says Nils Blondon, Toronto Program Coordinator.
“Teachers are reaching out to me about starting up new programs. We’re becoming a recognizable name in the TDSB. The support we’re experiencing has been fantastic.”
(l to r: Kris Sheppard, Nils Blondon)
The program has also benefited from increased community and corporate support. Adidas Canada staff are active in several schools as volunteer coaches and mentors. Vi’s No Frills in Parkdale is sponsoring all the food for the upcoming Unbreakable 5k, and welcoming students in to fundraise and get community service hours by helping shoppers with their groceries. The High Park Rogue Runners co-facilitate school sessions with special guest speakers, and The Runners Academy has offered professional strength training and running drill seminars to several Team Unbreakable programs across the city.
“Our volunteer base is expanding,” says Nils. “We’re going to have pacers at the event, a professional videographer, and just a ton of other help.”
In keeping with the season, the program is blooming.
Team Unbreakable is always looking to expand. If you’re a teacher, social worker, or community centre staff who’s interested in starting a program, please reach out to Nils Blondon at firstname.lastname@example.org