Children ages six to 12 are invited to take part in the third annual Try-It Day, which goes Saturday in the City and County of Grande Prairie.
A total of 23 sports will be featured at 13 different facilities.
“What we do is we partner with several different sport organizations within the region, and facilities within the region, and we run a bunch of sessions of sports that kids can just check out and try for free,” Karna Germsheid explained, Executive Director for the Grande Prairie Sport Council.
There are 18 local sport organizations involved. So far, there are over 460 kids registered, however, there is room for up to 1,000 participants.
Germsheid, who is a mother herself, sees great value in events such as these.
“I love the ability to take my kid into an environment and see how they thrive in it. Our kids aren’t us, they don’t necessarily like the same sports we did, sometimes we didn’t play sports ourselves. So, we really aren’t familiar with them, and sports can be super intimidating,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to go in, when they’re also trying it for the first time with everybody else.”
Some of the sports they will be featuring include beach volleyball, martial arts, wheelchair basketball, water polo, lacrosse, rugby, jiu jitsu, boxing, squash, parkour, cheerleading, ringette, speed skating and figure skating.
Host facilities include the Crosslink County Sportsplex, Eastlink Centre, Coca-Cola Centre, Maude Clifford School, Macklin Field, South Bear Creek, Champion Gym and Grande Prairie Regional College.