70 years of fulfilling Children's Dreams to be included
Variety - the Children's Charity of Ontario
We’ve been getting children with disabilities off the sidelines and onto the playing field since 1945. Through sports, fitness, training, and skills development programs, we break down barriers to participation and foster accessibility and inclusiveness for kids and their families across our province.
In 1945, Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario was born. What started as a residential vocational school built in 1949, Variety Village became out flagship location in Toronto. Our modern-day Variety Village (Variety Toronto) location opened in 1981 as a world-class indoor sports facility built to nurture competitive spirits, and empower children with disabilities to be ambassadors for change in their communities.
Today, Variety – the Children’s Charity helps Ontarians see ability differently with our trailblazing programming in reverse integration. Variety Toronto is one of the few places where able-bodied family and friends can get involved in a game of wheelchair basketball. Entire schools get the chance to try specialized equipment, feel a braille book, use a sports wheelchair and learn about communicating with a person who is deaf. In 2019 Variety’s programming has continued to expand across Ontario with the help of corporate, foundation and government funding.
Thanks to YOUR generous support, thousands of children are finding their place in communities across the province where they can feel included and participate in accessible programs.
Children/youth of all ages and abilities across Ontario are introduced to accessible sport
and inclusive learning through
Variety’s Ability in Action program.
Children and youth learn,
compete and grow as a member of ten different teams for all abilities led by 106 of our
highly-trained coaches and staff.
Kids participate in inclusive and accessible Variety camps each year with 191,100 hours of camp provided to kids of all abilities.
Over 7,730,000 hours of coaching and learning logged by coaches and athletes through accessible sport each year.