Aurora Basketball Inc. represented a voice for the minor sports community of RMWB today at Layla Isaac Foundation’s “The Right To Play” International Children’s Day Event.
The Layla Isaac Foundation, founded in March 2016 in Fort McMurray, promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners they work in communities to translate that commitment into practical action for the benefit of all children. The founders of the Layla Isaac Foundation, Manny and Beverley Makia, are particularly passionate about providing time and safe spaces for children to play, especially in situations of crisis.
International Children’s Day, hosted by the United Nations, runs every year worldwide on November 20. On this day, children across the world on every continent are honoured and celebrated. Many local communities, such as Fort McMurray, host a local event in congruence with the UN’s International celebration, to raise awareness of a variety of socio-economic, developmental, and psychological issues facing today’s generation of youth. Today’s event at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre had speakers from local & provincial government (Mayor Don Scott and MLA Tany Yao) and several youth-focused organizations in our community: Aurora Basketball Inc., Alberta Health Services, the Autism Society of the RMWB, a Community Development Practitioner, and the Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services.
General Manager Dan Briscoe shared a message on the impact Aurora has had on local families, noting one particularly emotional story of a family who was severely impacted by the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires. Participation in a positive, minor sport atmosphere, is an experience every child should have. All children in our community have the “Right To Play,” and community leaders need to come together to alleviate the barriers to entry that many of our local families face from participation in local sport.
Dan Briscoe, Owner & General Manager