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Wii Olympics coming to TRU April 1

The Boys and Girls Club Pre-Teen Program experienced ice fishing recently at Biff’s Ponds on Dog Creek Road. The pond is stocked by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., so each child caught fish to take home, the largest being five pounds. The group had help from Wayne Biffert, Kyle Gysel and Clinton Engelhart. Pictured are Keifer Chisamore, 9, Phoenix Chisamore (with the fish), 7, Madison Lindsay, 10, Anthony Clayton, 9, Brett Downey, 11, Diondra Hurd (youth volunteer), 13, Chelsea Hamblin (program co-ordinator) and Cassidy Porter (staff).     - Shel Myers photo
The Boys and Girls Club Pre-Teen Program experienced ice fishing recently at Biff’s Ponds on Dog Creek Road. The pond is stocked by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., so each child caught fish to take home, the largest being five pounds. The group had help from Wayne Biffert, Kyle Gysel and Clinton Engelhart. Pictured are Keifer Chisamore, 9, Phoenix Chisamore (with the fish), 7, Madison Lindsay, 10, Anthony Clayton, 9, Brett Downey, 11, Diondra Hurd (youth volunteer), 13, Chelsea Hamblin (program co-ordinator) and Cassidy Porter (staff).   
— image credit: Shel Myers photo

Classrooms at Thompson Rivers University will be transformed into a fun-filled gaming arena on Sunday, April 1 from 1 to 4 p.m., as participants compete against each other in the Wii Olympics.

The fundraising event is being organized by a group of three TRU human service students as part of a class project, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District.

Funds raised at the event will support programs for youth in our community.

“The students are in first year and they are completing a course that uses a service learning model for their first year practicum placement, says Jay Goddard, TRU’s human service programs co-ordinator.

“The idea of service learning is to learn by doing and in our case it is to introduce students to a specific area of human service practice in the community.  This year we have four projects including the Wii Olympics.”

Participants age six and up will be grouped into teams representing different countries, with teams facing off in a series of six Olympic-style events, which will include various sports and dance games using Wii game consoles.

Children under age six will not be left out of the action, as there will be a fun station set aside for the little ones.

“The idea came about from our club brainstorming different ways in which we could provide different events for kids and families in our community.  Wii is obviously hugely popular with kids and adults alike, and we encourage people to bring their enthusiasm for it from their home out into the community and participate together,” says Monica Johnson, Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District executive director.

There will be plenty of prizes up for grabs, including a grand prize draw for a Wii game console.

And winning teams will be awarded medals during the closing ceremonies.  Participants will be able to register for the event starting at noon.  The registration fee for individual participants is $10 and $25 for families.

The Boys and Girls Club is a leading provider of programs and services to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of young people and their families in the community.  The club operates a youth drop-in centre, licensed after-school care program and the Sprockids mountain biking program.

For more information about this exciting event, call the Boys and Girls Club at 250-392-5730.

The Boys and Girls Club of Williams lake and District, founded in 1994, is a member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, a national movement of clubs operating in 700 community locations in every province, currently serving more than 200,000 children and youth.  For more than 100 years, Boys and Girls Clubs have offered young Canadians opportunities to discover, develop and achieve their potential.  To learn more, visit  www.bgccan.com or www.bgcwilliamslake.com.

 

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