The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement, at the University of Alberta, is an expert in Adapted Physical
Activity and Para-Sport development.

Annually we support:

• Over 1000 children and adults living with impairment
• Over 600 children in the Free2BMe Program
• Over 250 students and volunteers through applied learning opportunities
• Inclusion training and workshops for nearly 900 students and professionals in the community


Free2BMe Program

Every year, thousands of children experiencing disability sit on the sidelines waiting for their opportunity to be physically active. Despite the increase in accessible and inclusive programming there are many barriers for youth and their families as they try to take part in physical activity opportunities. These barriers do not occur in isolation and range from social, psychological, economic, to the physical, sensory and communication-based.

Free2BMe: Physical Activity for Kids and Teens experiencing Disability provides opportunities for children and youth living with physical, sensory or developmental impairments to be active. They come to develop their physical confidence and competence in our safe, fun, non-clinical environment.

Our goal is to empower kids and teens with disabilities to:

• Be more physically active, fit and healthy
• Feel good about themselves
• Experience success
• Have fun doing “kid” things
• Become vital, self determined adults

Over the last ten years the number of kids registered in our programs has tripled, rising from 234 participants in 2005 to 605 participants in 2015.

This is the one place that any child experiencing disability can come to

• learn to ride their bike,
• throw a ball,
• understand game play concepts,
• be introduced to a fitness centre,
• gain exposure to the world of adapted sport,
• and be a part of the team for the first time.