Aboriginal Youth Boxing Program Launches

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The Snuneymuxw First Nation is able to offer boxing aerobics one night a week as part of their youth centre activities. The program, supervised by a professional trainer, offers a safe and fun environment that promotes youth physical activity. It was made possible by a $1,000 grant from the Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund distributed by 2010 Legacies Now.

"The boxing aerobics program teaches youth the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle," said Adam Manson, Snuneymuxw First Nation Youth Coordinator. "It provides the participants with a chance to socialize with friends in a safe and fun way while they learn about exercise and how to strengthen their bodies."

The boxing aerobics program teaches youth basic self-defense skills, hand-eye-foot coordination, self-confidence and the importance of having a good time. Transportation is provided for the youth so parents or guardians don't have to worry about picking-up or dropping-off the participants.

The Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund, administered by 2010 Legacies Now, was established in 2002 by the Province of B.C., Squamish Nation, Lil'wat Nation and the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation. Its goal is to support new and existing programs that encourage participation in sport and recreation through traditional activities, healthy living and cultural celebrations.

The Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund also offers high-performance athlete grants and post-secondary scholarships for Aboriginal youth in B.C. To date, the program has distributed more than $1 million to support sport and recreation opportunities for B.C. youth.

The Snuneymuxw First Nation's Boxing Aerobics program is held every Tuesday at the Fitness Edge Health Club.


The Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund supports physical activity, sport and recreation for BC's Aboriginal youth. The fund provides grants to high-performance athletes, scholarships for post-secondary students, and grants to community organizations to increase sport and recreation opportunities for youth. The fund also supports the First Nations Snowboard Team.