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Elite and recreational athletes come together for a festival of contemporary and traditional sport, culture, and fun.

OTTAWA, ON 20 February 2024

The GOOD Games are back for a third year of fun, competition, and inspiration. Canada’s biggest festival of sport will take place from July 6th to 7th at the University of Guelph. Situated on the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, The GOOD Games are honoured to partner this year with the Indigenous Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario as The GOOD Games become a stop on their “Road to the Masters Indigenous Games.”

Since 2020, The GOOD Games have emphasized wellness, inclusion, and the transformational power of sport for people of all ages and abilities. Along with sports competitions for all levels of athletes, and a free family-friendly festival of activities, The GOOD Games weekend will include:

  • A beach volleyball elite competition featuring former Olympians, national champions, and professional players playing on a court built right in the middle of the festival
  • The freestyle soccer Canadian championship
  • Canadian National Pickleball League professional competition
  • Women’s 50+ soccer event with teams from across the United States and two from Ontario
  • A number of Indigenous sport and cultural activities

The festival setting is free to attend and offers friends, families, and individuals an opportunity to try out their skills in a fun, no-pressure environment. Recreational activities include three-legged races, a tug of war, obstacle courses, dodgeball, and road tennis. Concerts, food trucks, a BBQ, a beer garden, and a dance party will add to the festive atmosphere, with more activities and events to be announced in the coming months.

“When you come to The GOOD Games – there’s something for everyone – you’ll have a whole weekend of activities you can participate in or watch and enjoy. Our whole philosophy is “sport for all, sport for life,” and even though the actual sports competition is for people over twenty, the festival is for everyone . . .and the festival itself is free!” – Helen Stoumbos, Founder and CEO of the GOOD Games

The GOOD Games capture the pure joy of play – no matter the age or skill level of the participant. At a time when many are experiencing loneliness and mental health challenges, The GOOD Games provides

an opportunity for attendees to reconnect with fun and physical activity, to build confidence, release stress, and to celebrate the unifying and inspiring power of sport.

For more information:

The GOOD Games
July 6 – 7, 2024
University of Guelph campus
The Good Games – Canada’s Biggest Festival of Sport

Media contact
Carrie Irvine


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