Children’s charity, Variety, has launched a ground-breaking program — Variety Activate Inclusion Sports Day — with support of Sunshine Coast Lightning, as part of a state-wide rollout of the free program for Queensland schools.

In a bid to achieve greater inclusivity and participation in sports, students with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities will be given the opportunity to trial a range of sports alongside specialised coaches and athletes from Sunshine Coast Lightning, Gingercloud Modified Rugby Program, National Rugby League (NRL), Football Queensland, Queensland Cricket, Elite Tennis International and Special Olympics.

With only 24 per cent of Australians with a disability participating in sport or physical recreation, Variety kickstarted the program in 2020 to break that cycle by creating this specialised program specifically designed to promote inclusivity in sport.

The first session took place at USC Stadium where the kids spent time with Lightning Players Mahalia, Kate, Cara and Kadie-Ann.

Sunshine Coast Lightning CEO Danielle Smith said the Lightning are excited to be involved with such a vital community program.

“We are so pleased Variety is bringing this ground-breaking inclusive program to Lightning’s home court,” Ms Smith said.

“Inclusivity is something we are passionate about at Lightning, and to be part of a program that celebrates this makes us incredibly proud.

“Our involvement in this program is an important step in opening the doors to more opportunities in sport for kids with disabilities.”

Variety’s Activate Inclusion Sports Days are due to roll out six more activations in 2022, travelling to Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Townsville, Mackay, and Bundaberg, continuing this valuable program to help change the lives of kids with disabilities.

For information on the Variety Queensland Activate Inclusion Sports Days or to get involved, please visit the website.

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