Raise the Bar: Intramurals for all
The focus of Raise the Bar is to help schools develop more inclusive sport and physical activity programs – specifically intramurals – so that all students have more opportunities to engage in sports. The goal is to help schools create a more comprehensive program that meets the needs of all students.
According to Raise the Bar, only 20 – 25% of the student population plays on a school team at most schools. Intramurals however, provide an option for the rest of the student body to play and be active. Why Intramurals? Regardless of skill level, financial status or previous experience, intramural programs provide opportunities for any student to be physically active, play sports and have fun. Raise the Bar believes that we need to drop the term ‘athlete’ for a little while. If we want our students to be active for life, then we need to show them that sports are fun and that anyone can play.
The Raise the Bar training provides numerous resources for educators to begin building an intramural program. Models are shared for elementary and secondary schools and game suggestions are provided for games that are fun and easy to play and take little equipment to set up.
one of two
Raise The Bar training session 16/17.
Thirty ADSB schools took part in a day-long session with approximately 170 students and 30 teachers. ADSB was chosen as the second and only other location to host a Raise The Bar training session for the 16/17 school year. ADSB participants took what they learned back to their schools and are helping to develop their own intramurals programs, accessible to all.