Canadian Lutheran World Relief

March 06, 2014 08:30 ET

Canadian Olympian Cindy Klassen to Visit Refugee Camp Sports Field for Syrian Youth

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - March 6, 2014) -

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Olympian Cindy Klassen visited the Za'atari refugee camp Wednesday, where she saw construction of a sports field and playground for Syrian children and youth.

Sports programming is an important therapeutic tool for children and youth who've been uprooted by war. It encourages teamwork, builds confidence and physical fitness and provides a healthy reprieve from an extremely stressful situation.

"Sports has made a difference in my life and I'm honoured to witness how sports can make a difference for young people who are going through so much," says Klassen.

The camp is crowded, full of people and traffic. The field will provide space for kids to be active and safe.

Klassen is visiting Syrian families living in the camp and in communities in northern Jordan this week. She will participate in the distribution of heaters, carpets and warm clothing, including sweaters donated by Canadians. A $1.1 million grant from the Canadian government has made distribution of the winter items possible.

Klassen is visiting Jordan with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), which is providing this aid along with local partner NGOs.

Canadian Lutheran World Relief carries out international relief, development, and refugee resettlement on behalf of Canadian Lutherans.

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