At VE Global, we are constantly working to improve our programs with the help of volunteers and partners who bring fresh ideas and resources to the table. Last year, Nicole Potempa from the US states of Illinois, worked as a consultant for VE to design a health and wellness curriculum for the volunteers to enhance Liga de Deportes. Her curriculum has brought healthier snacks and exciting new fitness workshops to Liga, as well as fun taller ideas for volunteers to encourage healthy eating habits with the kids. This past November, VE volunteer Ali Unger and her family organized a large donation of sports equipment – quality soccer balls, tennis rackets, basketballs and footballs, among other things – with help from the Chappaqua Community in Westchester, New York. A portion of this donation was set aside for use at Liga and the rest was divided up and donated to our partner organizations, so that VE volunteers could encourage physical activity in the kids’ everyday lives.
More recently, VE Global has teamed up with the YMCA of Southern Maine to add new exciting elements to Liga de Deportes. We’ve implemented a new series of volunteer-led Healthy Living workshops in our partner organizations and we’ve introduced a new motivational aspect to Liga de Deportes: At the end of every Liga, two children are awarded a VE Global water bottle for their positive behavior and excellent participation in the day’s activities. We’ve set up a system of recording these good behaviors, so that the children who consistently participate well at Liga de Deportes can be rewarded with a special fitness-related field trip. Our first winners will have the exciting opportunity to go to Casa Boulder, a climbing-wall gym here in Santiago.
We are very excited about how Liga de Deportes has expanded into a broader Healthy Living program over the past year, and appreciate all the help and support we have received from our volunteers, our partners, and our donors! Thank you!
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