Sport connects us. Sport changes us.

Discover how, and make your own positive change.

Sport4Change.ca serves a community that believes in sport and recreation as a catalyst for action. The complex challenges we face – in every province, city or town across Canada – can only be confronted when people are engaged. Sport and recreation, in all its shapes, sizes and variety can be a springboard for that kind of transformative engagement.

On this web site you will meet real people, hear their ideas, share in their successes and lessons learned, and discover how they’ve used sport and recreation to feed their passion and build their communities.

Whether they’re fighting poverty, helping newcomers integrate into Canada, or providing direction for youth in crisis, this page is home to their stories.

Almost half of all volunteers in Canada get their first experience through sport and recreation. It’s where the next generation of community leaders establishes social networks, learns to lead, and understands the power of teams.

Sport4Change.ca is a platform that speaks for the Sport for Development movement. It envisions a network of community leaders seeking to use sport and recreation programs to contribute to the economic and social vitality of their communities across Canada.

By participating in this site, you support the idea that people, communities, even nations can be changed forever – and for good – by sport.      

We invite you to explore Sport4Change.ca to discover stories of the life-changing and community-building power of sport and recreation.

“Sport for development” is the intentional use of sport and physical activity to achieve specific, positive outcomes. Some of the most common goals include encouraging youth to return to school, disease prevention (e.g. HIV/Aids), crime reduction, and youth engagement.

Be part of it.

Sport4Change.ca is a library…with a difference.  More than just checking out other people’s stories (stories that you never have to bring back!), you’re also invited to put your story on our shelves for others to read, watch and listen to. 

Find a story that excites you? Use it.

  • Make your annual report more meaningful by adding real-life stories about the impact of sport in creating positive change.
  • Download a compelling video story to bring your school presentation to life.
  • Connect with storytellers to learn more about an innovative program or invite them to speak at your next board meeting.
  • Boost the appeal of your website by posting a slide show with images and voice track that speaks to the potential impact of your work in the community.
  • Create handouts for your next meeting with elected officials. Use stories to illustrate the value and relevance of the work you’re doing.

All the content here is yours to use – the text, the images, the videos. (Simple copyright conditions are spelled out in our Creative Commons license.)

If you value the stories here, tell us why. Then tell others. Send them links to your favourite stories. Download the content. Share the videos. Spread the word.

Then, if you have a story you want to tell, share it.