About the Event

What is the Million Minutes Challenge?

A one-of-a-kind challenge brought to you by the team at ParaSport Ontario. It is a challenge to Niagara's disability community, and our friends and family, to get together this summer to record a million minutes of physical activity by the end of the month. If enough of us do even 20 minutes of activity each day, we can do it. Although the project focus is the Niagara Region, we encourage individuals from all over Ontario to sign-up and keep track of their activity minutes.

When is the Million Minutes Challenge?

The Million Minutes Challenge runs throughout the summer during June, July and August.

Taking Part

How do I sign up?

It's simple, just click the Register button at the top left of the page and follow the steps! If you need a hand, please get in touch with Ellie by emailing resources@parasportontario.ca.

Do I have to choose one of the fundraising options for adaptive equipment?

No. You can choose the Community Sled Package to raise funds for a two-team sled set, complete with gloves, helmets and equipment stands. When you register there's an Other option, click Other and input 0 as your fundraising goal. Choose whatever minute goal you are comfortable with! If that is 20 mins a day, great! If you are safe and having fun, there are no worries.

Can I fundraise for a piece of adaptive equipment to donate to my community club or gift it to a friend in need?

Pick the piece of adapted sports equipment you would like to have in your club and go for it. If you want adaptive equipment that is not on our list, let us know by choosing "Other", setting an approximate price and we will contact you to approve it. We will be in touch for delivery!

Do I have to be active for a consecutive time?

You can break up your activity minutes throughout the day however you wish! Don't forget to record them all!

Can I do any activity?

You can walk, skip, jump, lift, run, wheel, hop, push, stretch, cycle, dance, or do whatever activity is your own way to better health.

Do I have to post about my activity on social media?

No you do not. But, by posting on your social media, you can let your friends and family know that you're fundraising for adaptive sports equipment for you or your community! We encourage anyone that feels comfortable to post their daily dancing on social platforms using #millionminutes. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, OR Twitter to stay updated on the ParaSport Ontario Community! @parasportontario

If you are under 18, we advise getting permission from your parents and/or guardians before you post or share anything on social media.

Where do I log my activity minutes?

You’re accomplishing goals and setting new ones; you need somewhere to show what you’ve done! On the Top right hand corner of the Million Minutes website, hover your mouse over your name. A drop down menu will appear. Click "My Fitness Activity". This automatically redirects you to Your Fitness Page. On Your Fitness Page, you can manually add your activity minutes or sync FitBit, Strava and Map My Fitness accounts to automatically record your daily physical activity. 

We are encouraging participants to log their exercises and activities in your personal blog! You can log your activity minutes, post photos, and share Facebook, Tik Tok and YouTube videos, or just write a little something about your active experience.

What happens if my campaign exceeds its target goal?

For starters, we’ll be the first to congratulate you. Then, we’ll order your equipment for you. Additional funds stay in the Play to Podium Fund to help others across Ontario get the equipment they need too.

What happens if my campaign doesn’t reach its target goal by the end of the summer?

All is not lost. Donations are not refundable so ParaSport® Ontario will work with you to help you get the adapted sports equipment that you need.

Taking Part as a Team

Can anyone join my team?

The more the merrier is what we think. Invite your colleagues and get them to invite their friends. It’s about having fun and staying active.

You will have the option to allow anyone to join your team, or you can set your team to private so only those you invite can join.

Sponsoring and Donating

How do people sponsor me / my team?

Your fundraising page is your best friend! Supporters can sponsor and donate to you / your team directly through your fundraising page. This will be set up as soon as you sign up.

How can I keep my sponsors up to date with my activities?

There are a few helpful ways for your sponsors to keep up to date.

Your Personal Blog – You can find it on “My Page” on your fundraising profile. Post all your updates here and invite your sponsors to your page for regular updates.

Send them emails straight from your fundraising page! On your fundraising profile on “My Dashboard” you will find “Get Support”. Here you can send emails to your contacts as well as share your progress directly to your socials!

Post your activities on your social media. We know it can seem daunting, but so many of your supporters will most likely be on your social networks. By posting it on social media using #millionminutes and tagging us @parasportontario you can be featured on our pages and connect with the ParaSport Community!

Can I get a new tax receipt?

Sometimes there is just too many emails! If for any reason you have misplaced you tax receipt, please contact us and we can re-issue it to you. Email Ellie at resources@parasportontario.ca.

Can I make a donation on behalf of my business?

Generous businesses are more than welcome!

At the time of making your donation, you will see an optional 'Company' field. Simply enter your business name and the tax receipt will be issued for the business.

I am having trouble donating.

We are here to help. An error message can sometimes mean your card was declined or the transaction failed for some reason. Please check that the details you entered are correct and there are sufficient funds available. If you are still encountering issues, please email Ellie at resources@parasportontario.ca.

Can I start a team with friends, family, or colleagues?

Sure can! And we encourage you to. Creating a team to join the Million Minutes Activity Challenge is a fun way to stay connected with teammates and peers. It's easy, when you register, select, create or join team. Think of a fun team name and start recruiting your team members to help make a difference!

Still having trouble? Reach us by email resources@parasportontario.ca and we will help you complete the setup.

How do I invite people to my team?

After you create a team, you can send pre-written email invites from your dashboard. You can also share your team link on your social media profiles. When someone clicks the link, there is a ‘Join Us’ button on the team page.

Merchandise - First 250 Get a T-shirt

Will everyone receive all merchandise?

No. Only the first 250 participants get a t shirt. We will be hosting giveaways and special prizes all summer!

When will I receive my merchandise?

Please allow two weeks for delivery.

My merchandise never arrived, what can I do?

Please email Ellie at resources@parasportontario.ca.

Parasport Ontario's Play to Podium Fund

What is the Play to Podium Fund?

ParaSport® Ontario supports all members of the disability community in finding their sport or activity of choice. And that includes their equipment needs.

For some, the desire to play basketball comes with the need of a sports wheelchair. Playing hockey… a sled. Biking with friends… a handcycle. To sprint around the track… a racing wheelchair. Boccia… a ramp. So let’s get them what they need to play! That’s exactly what ParaSport Ontario’s Play to Podium Fund does. Donate today to help people with disabilities in Niagara get in the game on a para ice sled!

What other ways does Play to Podium help families with children who need adaptive equipment? 

The Fund helps us dedicate resources to finding para-athletes a coach, club or team to get back into their game. ParaSport Ontario also provides training with the equipment purchased through the fund.

When I donate, where does my money go?

It stays in the Play to Podium Fund. ParaSport Ontario uses the Fund to make equipment purchases for recipients. You can even call or email us to donate to specific types of equipment like an ice sled or racing wheelchair.

Who is eligible to receive equipment through the Play to Podium Fund? 

Individuals and clubs are eligible to receive equipment through the Fund. Where there is a need for adaptive sports equipment to get someone in the game, we try to help.

Schools

How can our school get involved?

It’s easy. Register as a class or a school. Create your Profile Page. Assign someone to “collect” activity minutes to record on your page and watch your total grow.  

Can we participate as a class?

Sure you can! Register as a Team with your students as your team members and see how many activity minutes you can do together.

Can students participate on their own?

Of course. They register as a participant and record activity minutes they do at school and at home on their own.

Can we fundraise for adaptive equipment?

Yes, you can. Pick the piece of adapted sports equipment you would like to have in your school and go for it. If it is something that is not on our list, let us know and we’ll approve it for you. We will be in touch for delivery!

Are there Activity Resources?

New ones every day. Check out the Featured Activity right here on this website.