From the story:
Diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (CHD) at age nine, Mitacs researcher Angelica Blais knows what itâ€™s like to feel like you have to sit on the sidelines. â€śWhen youâ€™re a kid with heart disease, there are real physical and psychological limitations to being active,â€ť she says.
Thatâ€™s why Angelica jumped at the opportunity to research physical literacy programs for kids with CHD through a Mitacs internship. Â She partnered with Sportball, a non-competitive sports education organization that offers methodology-based instruction for kids aged 16 months to 12 years old. Sportball programs across Canada work on developing childrenâ€™s physical literacy while focusing on important sport, social, and motor skills.