Gymtastics Play-it-Forward Projects

Gymtastics Play-it-Forward Projects

August 29, 2012 11:44 ET

Play-It-Forward Wraps Up a Successful Camp for Calgary Kids

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 29, 2012) - Gymtastics Play-it-Forward Projects wrapped up their weeklong Calgary summer camp project at the local Gym Club and received rave reviews.

The Play-It-Forward organization put on an amazing camp for 85 children in the Calgary region. With a team of over 25 volunteers and the help of sponsors from the Calgary community they were able to put on this very special camp enabling children to participate in learning sport basics, gymnastics, active games, fitness awareness activities, rhythm & dance and so much more - all at no cost to the child. The non-profit, volunteer run camp gave children between the ages of 4-11 faced with financial or social barriers the opportunity to participate in a fun week of sport and play, all the while growing in their physical ability, self-esteem and building lasting friendships with peers and coaches.

"What a camp! It was a huge a success," says Darlene Fedyna, President of Gymtastics Play-It-Forward Projects. "All those involved were very fortunate to share in this experience. The relationship between the children, volunteers, leaders and coaches will never be forgotten. We all left the camp full of love, memories and deliciously exhausted from all of the activities."

The camp would not have been possible without the help of the many generous sponsors. Play-it-Forward Projects would like to send out a HUGE thank-you to the following sponsors for helping make the dreams of 85 children come true this summer:

The camp's title sponsor Shaw GMC Chevy Buick; Media sponsors - Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Kool 101.5FM, Calgary Herald, and CTV; Gruman's Catering and Delicatessen for feeding campers, volunteers and coaches throughout the week; and a special thanks to Easton Industrial Air, Bowen Shine Fund, McLeod & Company, Lifemark Foot and Ankle Clinic, Old Dutch, Gymtastics Gym Club, Ben Liebrand for providing the website; and all the friends and coaches who gave their time and resources to make this camp come to life.

"I am humbled and proud to be a part of this organization. I look forward to next year and am excited to see what will be our next project for "Play-It-Forward" in the future. There are so many more children we have to reach and teach through our Sport and Play programs. The possibilities are endless. I am blessed! Thanks!" says Fedyna.

About Gymtastics Play-it-Forward Projects

Gymtastics Play-it-Forward Projects is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children facing barriers that prevent them from participating in active sport. The organizations mission is to reach and teach disadvantaged children throughout the world. To date, the team has played-it-forward to teachers and children in Tanzania, South Africa, and Peru. August 2012's project was the Spectacular Sports and Games Summer Camp week highlighting gymnastics, sports and games activities for underprivileged children right here in our own backyard of Calgary.

To see more of the great things Gymtastics Play-it-Forward Projects are involved in, you can find them at, or contact Darlene Fedyna at

Gymtastics Play-it-Forward Projects believes that every child should have the opportunity to grow through sport and play. Through education and mentorship, specialized sport and active play programs, the organization looks to leave a positive and sustainable impact on the children and their community.

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