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Who We Are

Aspire for Higher is a not-for-profit grassroots organization founded in 2013 that provides athletic and leadership programming for youth 4 to 14 years of age. Basketball, Soccer, and Football are our core sports. We offer expert instruction to help your child improve through game-based learning. At A4H, we believe that recreational sports are an important part of every child’s development and we make it our top priority to deliver a truly memorable experience.

Mission

We use comprehensive sports based programming as a vehicle to engage youth from all communities to foster their growth and development into healthy adults, community leaders and responsible citizens.

Vision

Our vision is to implement a social inclusion framework where young people can develop, learn and play in a context that is responsive and supportive of their needs, aspirations, and interests.

Values

​At A4H no child is turned away due to financial circumstances. As an organisation we are committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to play and benefit from sport participation. Families unable to pay for programming are invited to apply for our internal subsidy programs.
Two teenagers playing basketball at the A4H Sports camp
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Two black boys playing basketball at the A4H Sports camp
Two boys playing basketball at the A4H Sports camp
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More Than A Game

Every member of the A4H leadership team has experience as a varsity student-athlete playing University sport at the highest level in North America. It is through our experiences that we understand the benefits of sport reach far beyond the impact on physical well-being. We believe in a holistic approach to child development which is reflected in our programming pillars.

Programming Pillars

Physical Education

Our sport curriculums are built off of Canada Sport for Life's Long Term Athlete Development Model and are athlete centered, coach driven and sport science supported.

Mentorship & Leadership

All of our programs connect youth to mentors as well as one another to support positive personal development. Our leadership programs teach key leadership principles needed to succeed on and off the court.

Capacity Building

Our staff and coach training programs focus on improving skills, knowledge, values, understanding, attitude, motivation and capabilities of our staff to ensure their success in all aspects of life.

Mental Wellness

Our mental wellness programs teach youth to develop, strengthen and apply healthy coping mechanisms as well as provide opportunities for self expression and support for channeling their emotions.

Life Skills

We believe in an holistic approach to child development and incorporate the development of social, emotional and life skills into all of our programs.
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