Sports Paths Returns to Remote Islands to Help Kids Stay Active - Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Sports Paths Returns to Remote Islands to Help Kids Stay Active
03 JULY 2020

More than 1,300 children living on 13 remote islands, including Agios Efstratios, Samothraki and Psara, are eagerly looking forward to welcoming back Sports Paths and the program’s swimming lessons, sports, creative activities, and wonderful instructors.

During the lockdown, the free program adapted to be able to continue to serve kids ages 6 to 12 by moving to a new venue: screens in each child’s home. Daily sun salutations, calisthenics, and games involving castles and warriors kept primary school students on remote islands active and engaged under the guidance of physical education teachers.

Fortunately, conditions now allow for kids to gather for sports activities and for the program to be delivered in person once again. The activities on each island will last three weeks, July 1-21. A team of 49 experienced physical education teachers will run the program.
On the island of Lipsi, one of the program’s for this summer, President of the Hellenic Republic Aikaterini Sakellaropoulou met with a Sports Paths physical education teacher, as part of her official visit to the island. The President expressed her congratulations on the valuable work done by the program.

Sports Paths began in the summer of 2015 with the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and under the scientific supervision of the 1st Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Athens University Medical School. The program is designed and implemented by the nonprofit Regeneration & Progress.