CAMPS Project Coordinator Nick Nishikawa.
The Ottawa Sportspage
is exceptionally pleased to welcome a new member to our team, Nick Nishikawa. Nick will lead an expansion of our CAMPS Project
, a program that provides free organized sport opportunities to low-income children and youth from Ottawa Community Housing neighbourhoods.
The Connecting Athletes of All Means to Paths in Sport Project
is an initiative run jointly by the not-for-profit organization that operates the Ottawa Sportspage
and the OCH Foundation’s recLINK program.
“Growing up, I was fortunate to have had the chance to play a variety of sports and I firmly believe that sport was an important part of my personal development,” Nick says. “I’m really looking forward to sharing that experience with others through the CAMPS Project
Nick grew up in Ottawa and attended Colonel By Secondary School, helping their basketball team to an OFSAA provincial championships appearance in his senior year. The past Ottawa Guardsmen, Sirius Spartans and Nepean Bobcats club player went on to become captain of the McGill Redmen varsity basketball team, and received an award recognizing his academic excellence and community service leadership.
Nick later served as a University of Ottawa Gee-Gees assistant coach and earned a human kinetics masters degree in sports management from uOttawa.
He has past professional experience with TrojanOne, a sponsorship and marketing agency in Toronto, and the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup in Ottawa.
What drew him to the CAMPS Project
was the opportunity to work with the groups that drive Ottawa’s vibrant sports scene and to provide opportunities for children and youth to be part of their high-quality programs, in a wide range of sports.
“The response from the organizations we have met with already has been fantastic,” Nick signals. “Beyond the health benefits of regular physical activity, the people involved in local sport really seem to understand that an integral part of sport is learning intangible life skills like self-confidence, perseverance, teamwork, and leadership.
“It’s a real pleasure to get to collaborate with these like-minded organizations and grow the CAMPS Project
Nick is joining our team thanks in large part to support from the Community Foundation of Ottawa through the Community Foundations of Canada’s Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, which is activating a breathtaking array of initiatives and activities to bring out the best Canada has to offer for the sesquicentennial.
The Ottawa Sportspage
is thrilled to be part of this movement, and to open doors for local children and youth to discover the tremendous benefits organized sport can offer.
“It’s wonderful that we’ll be able to reach a greater number of kids this year, but what we’re even more excited about the legacy this project will leave beyond 2017,” highlights Sportspage
editor Dan Plouffe. “Nick will help us put the pieces in place to deliver these opportunities at an enhanced rate for many years to come and make a really positive impact on many kids’ lives.
“We know members of the local sports community will be really impressed by Nick’s abilities to build relationships and help us to collectively create stronger and brighter communities.”
For more information on the CAMPS Project
, visit OttawaSportsCAMPS.ca
or contact Nick at CAMPSProject@OCHFoundation.ca
or by phone at 613-422-1555.
--Ottawa Sportspage staff, with files from Martina Mukete