Learning with Professionals

 

Many of Prospect’s clients are die hard fans of Calgary’s sports teams, especially the Stampeders!  It goes without saying that it’s an exciting day in Prospect’s Variety Sports program when one of our heroes comes to work with us! Rob Cote of the Calgary Stampeders spent the afternoon with Prospect clients, teaching us some of the fundamentals of football and talking about how an athlete lives a healthy life. We learned how to properly throw and catch a football, and what it takes to become a professional athlete. It was a good lesson for us to learn about all the employment skills Rob must develop and maintain in order to be a professional athlete.

Once Rob taught us, Prospect clients taught him one of the games we invented and play all the time! We ended the afternoon by challenging Rob to a race. We told him to have no mercy, in case one of us could come close to catching him. No surprise that Rob easily won.  We sure had fun trying though!

Prospect’s Variety Sports is a program that provides clients the opportunity to learn about and experience different sports. We work to promote positive attitudes, healthy relationships and healthy lifestyles while also developing essential skills that will assist our participants in accomplishing their personal and employment goals.

Thanks Rob for coming!

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Watersports Wrapped Up

Over the last three months Prospect clients have had the pleasure of collaborating with and learning from some exceptional students from the Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership (ETOL) program at Mount Royal University. Throughout our fall session, ETOL students have worked very closely with our clients to help build their confidence and skills while in their kayaks.  In one of the photos above you can see Joel, an ETOL student, sharing his expertise while teaching us to control our boats with the forward and reverse sweep.

We wrapped up our Watersports pool sessions just in time for Christmas, with two surprise visitors from Prospect’s Franklin office. Alexi and Greg, two members of Prospect’s Senior Management team, joined us at SAIT for a kayak lesson put on by Prospect clients.  Prospect clients had to draw on their new found kayaking skills, along with leadership skills they’ve been developing, to teach the basics of white water kayaking to our new guests. Alexi was quick to learn all of the new concepts, and was showing off a little in a game of kayak polo at the end of the session. Greg had a tipsy start (literally) to the lesson, but by the end of the session he was out-performing Alexi at kayak polo, creating many scoring chances for his team.

We would like to sincerely thank all of the ETOL students involved for their valuable contributions to our Watersports program.  We wish you all the best with your future adventures!  A big thank you goes to Aquabatics Calgary for providing our clients and staff with the kayaks needed to develop our skills and make the Watersports program a success!  Thank you to SAIT Athletics and Recreation for providing us water to practice on during the winter months.  Without amazing partners like ETOL, Aquabatics Calgary, and SAIT we would not have the resources needed to provide these new and exciting opportunities for our clients to develop their skills!