Scarborough Urban Hero: Estrada helps young Scarborough residents keep on moving

Published December 02, 2015 17:47

Source Inside Toronto

Gabriela Estrada has used her passion for and involvement in sports as away to motivate young people to make their lives better.

Her Keepmoving TO organization educates young people in areas such as physical literacy, team building and more. She inspires those she works with to be both physically active and to live healthy lifestyles. Estrada comes by her love of sports honestly as her father played national level baseball in Guatamala and got her into the sport at the age of five. However, soccer was the sport Estrada showed a real passion for and she ended up playing for years on a number of different teams locally. She now both referees and coaches soccer.

“What really drives my passion with sports and recreation is the diversity within it and how inclusive it can be,” said Estrada. “From organized competitive sport to recreational leagues, from competitive dance to drop-in zumba classes, to even just walking into the gym for a workout: there’s a place for everyone of every level for essentially every discipline.”

Estrada’s Keeponmoving TO is a physicl literacy program for female youth in east Scarborough. The program’s focus is not elite athletes, but rather on encouraging young people to get active and have some fun.

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