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2023 Canada Games Launches Catch the Spirit Education Resource

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The Host Society

2023 Canada Games Launches Catch the Spirit Education Resource

Charlottetown, PE (November 14, 2022) — The 2023 Canada Winter Games and Canada Games Council are pleased to launch the PEI 2023 edition of the Canada Games Catch the Spirit Program - a free teaching resource for educators and students in Grades K-9 across the country.

The Canada Games Catch the Spirit Program was originally designed and launched in 2003.  It is an inclusive, engaging, and educational resource developed by teachers, for teachers, to inspire children about the Canada Games movement and the many benefits of physical activity and sport. The newly revamped program is designed to assist curriculum in a fun and engaging way, and can be integrated into classrooms through five overarching themes: Arts and Culture, Goal Setting & Leadership, Healthy living & Sport, Official Languages of Canada, and Unifying Canada.

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch our Catch the Spirit program in schools across PEI and Canada, and inspire future generations to achieve greatness both on and off the field of play,” said Karolyn Godfrey, Volunteer VP, Vision, Volunteers & Community Relations. “The Catch the Spirit Program will not only create awareness about the upcoming 2023 Canada Winter Games, but encourage youth to get active and learn about the power of sport.”

The 2023 edition of the Catch the Spirit Program has been enhanced by the PEI Department of Education and Lifelong Learning to align with provincial learning outcomes including Math Challenges, Wowkwis STEAM Event, and an ArtsSmarts legacy Games’ artwork that includes 700 contributing pieces from students across the Island.

“The Catch the Spirit Program is a great way to build excitement and enthusiasm as we count down to the 2023 Canada Games. I encourage all of our schools and Island families to utilize this new resource, which is designed to connect with provincial learning outcomes in a fun and interactive way,” said Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, Natalie Jameson. “I encourage everyone to participate in the Catch the Spirit Program and get involved in what I believe will be the best Games ever!”

“We invite teachers and students from coast to coast to coast to ‘Catch the Spirit’ of the Canada Games by joining us on the journey to the 2023 Canada Winter Games in PEI,” said Evan Johnston, Chair of the Canada Games Council. “Canadian youth are at the very heart of the Canada Games Movement and represent the next generation of athletes and leaders on and off the field of play. From far and wide, we know Canada’s top young athletes will spark greatness and inspire a new generation to follow in their footsteps.”

As part of the Catch the Spirit Program, Island schools will have the opportunity to book a Canada Games Day assembly to help students get excited about the upcoming PEI 2023 Games. Approximately 30 minutes in length, the assemblies feature the official 2023 Canada Games mascot, Wowkwis, and will debut the official mascot theme song written by local musician Mike Stratton, and performed in English by Mike Stratton and in French by Anne Marie Valois.

To learn more about Catch the Spirit visit 2023canadagames.ca/catch-the-spirit

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