True Sport

True Sport is a series of programs and initiatives designed to give people, communities and organizations the means by which to leverage the many benefits of sport from a platform of shared values and principles. Through public consultation, Canadians have told us that they want their sport experience to be based on the values of fairnessexcellenceinclusion and fun.

Want to learn more? Contact our True Sport Lead Mitch Sanderson!

True Sport Principles

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True Sport is dedicated to the notion that good sport can make a great difference. It is our mission to deliver programs and initiatives that…

  • Enable participants, parents, coaches and officials to articulate and act upon their deeply held belief in the virtues of good sport
  • Enable participants, parents, coaches and officials to identify with others holding similar values
  • Create a fair, safe and open atmosphere where good sport can grow stronger through inclusive competition at all levels.

To achieve these goals, we promote seven True Sport Principles. The Principles need to be in play at all times, working in perfect balance with one another, for sport to be truly good and have the opportunity to make the greatest difference, True Sport teams, clubs, athletes, coaches and teachers commit to these Principles for Sport.

Rise to the challenge – always strive for excellence. Be persistent and discover how good you can be.

Rise to the challenge – always strive for excellence. Be persistent and discover how good you can be.

Understand, respect, and follow the rules. Play with integrity – competition is only meaningful when it is fair.

Understand, respect, and follow the rules. Play with integrity – competition is only meaningful when it is fair.

Rise to the challenge – always strive for excellence. Be persistent and discover how good you can be.

Rise to the challenge – always strive for excellence. Be persistent and discover how good you can be.

Find the joy in sport and share it with others. Remember what you love about sport and why you play.

Find the joy in sport and share it with others. Remember what you love about sport and why you play.

Always respect and care for your mind and body. Advocate for the health and safety of yourself and those around you.

Always respect and care for your mind and body. Advocate for the health and safety of yourself and those around you.

Recognize and celebrate strength in diversity. Invite and welcome others into sport.

Recognize and celebrate strength in diversity. Invite and welcome others into sport.

Say thanks and show gratitude. Encourage your sport group to make a difference in the community.

Say thanks and show gratitude. Encourage your sport group to make a difference in the community.

Rooted in Values

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Sport PEI is excited to offer Rooted in Values, a program in partnership with the province of Prince Edward Island and True Sport. The program is for teams or groups of athletes and coaches who train together to promote value-based sports through education about True Sport and to plan activation within their seasons.

The “Rooted in Values” program is a two-part workshop for sports teams and athlete groups to help them better understand value-based sport and put their understanding into action.

The first workshop is focused on educating athletes and coaches on what value-based sport is, why it is important, recognizing their own values, and the seven True Sport principles – Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep It Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone, and Give Back. The second workshop will be focused on planning ways that the team can activate the seven True Sport principles during their season.

Following workshops, teams will receive branded t-shirts and social media templates to promote each activation activity. Sport PEI will help promote the activation for each principle as well. There is no cost other than your time and effort to participate.

Any team or group of athletes who will be competing and/or training together for a predetermined amount of time is eligible to apply for the program. Teams who participate should have an intrinsic motivation to complete the workshops, create meaningful activation, and engage the True Sport principles. Program is open to various ages and competition levels.

 

Examples of groups that have participated or have committed to participate are Charlottetown Abbies rugby, Special Olympics PEI, Island Gymnastics Academy, and Holland College Sports Management.

Applications will be reviewed and workshops scheduled monthly. Workshops should be scheduled within the first third of each group’s season to ensure time in the season to activate each principle. Applications will stay open so teams may apply close to the start of their season, whenever that may be.

Workshops can be held at a location convenient to the team (classroom, meeting room, work space) provided there is ability to present a slideshow and space for group discussions.

While stories of abuse and maltreatment dominate the sports headlines at times, we know that sport can be a vehicle for great things. By strengthening the values and roots of sport with purpose and intentional beyond winning games, we can help make sport better and flourish.

The “Rooted in Values” name refers to the importance of setting your values/roots intentionally to grow your team or sport to be strong and healthy. The oak tree is not only an iconic symbol of Prince Edward Island but also an ideal metaphor for value-based sport. The Northern Red Oak, also known as the Champion Oak, is a fast-growing, long-living tree with strong roots that continue to expand as the tree grows and a stout trunk that can support a canopy 20 times its size.

Teams can now apply to join the “Rooted in Values” program by filling out the application below!