SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

September 06, 2016 16:43 ET

Giving the 'Gift of Play'

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 06, 2016) - A little paint and some imagination can go a long way to get children active. The University of Calgary's Faculty of Kinesiology along with alumna Erica Wiebe, Gold Medalist Rio Olympics, are looking to the experts -- elementary school children -- to help create games that will be painted in 50 schoolyards across the city this fall. Media are invited to learn more and take photos at the Gift of Play launch taking place on Thursday, September 8 at Sacred Heart Elementary School.

WHAT: Media availability/Photo Op at launch of Gift of Play initiative

WHEN: 9:30 am, Thursday, September 8

WHERE: Sacred Heart Elementary School, 1312 - 15 Street SW, Calgary, AB Meet on playground tarmac (east side of the school)

PARKING: Parking is available in school parking lot along the south side of the school (14 Ave SW)

WHO: Kinesiology Alumna Erica Wiebe, Gold Medalist Rio Olympics

Richard Campbell, Principal, Sacred Heart Elementary School

Penny Werthner, Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology

Students and Teachers, Sacred Heart Elementary School

Leah Yardley, Coordinator, Calgary Be Fit For Life Centre

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact
    Leanne Yohemas
    Director, Communications and Marketing, Faculty of Kinesiology
    587.438.9011 (mobile)