Welcome to the Sport Legacies Research Collaborative (SLRC) website! The SLRC was established by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) at the University of Toronto in 2010 with an expressed mandate for empirically and critically analyzing whether or not major sports events like the Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup and others, create enduring physical activity, sport, health and social integration impacts in the communities in which they are staged. SLRC aims to, through joint local, national and international research, empirically document and evaluate the legacies of major games and sports events on sports participation, physical cultures, social life and the built environment in host regions.
To partner with local, national and global researchers, the public and private sector, in order to empirically monitor, document and evaluate the impacts, effects and legacies of major sports events and to better inform polices and practices that address sustained improvements in physical activity, healthy living, community development and sport for all.
Led by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, the Sport Legacies Research Collaborative (SLRC), was designed to facilitate and coordinate activities, among academics, policy-makers and non-governmental organizations, that address how major games may alter the social organization, cultural prominence, collective impact, and personal experience of sport, exercise, play and physical activity and education in the round.
Our Main Objectives
Research and Evaluation: conducting and integrating multi-disciplinary approaches to address social impacts of major games and sports events.
Partnership and Collaboration: strengthening existing relationships, developing new interdisciplinary connections and harnessing expert advice.
Mentorship and Training: facilitating experiential education opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Translation and Knowledge Mobilization: engaging in a dialogue with stakeholders and ensuring effective communication is maintained so that knowledge becomes actionable.
Priorities and Projects
The Sport Legacies Research Collaborative (SLRC) is a gathering place, a bulletin board, and a clearinghouse for research to be carried out in relation to the legacy outcomes of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. To this end, the SLRC seeks to stimulate the formation of local, national and international research collaborations within three core substantive themes around the 2015 Games; namely, the relationship between major sports events and:
2) Population Health/Health
3) Community Building
The SLRC is currently working with interested partners to develop a clear action plan and report card strategy for observing, measuring and evaluating the impacts of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games on the city of Toronto and the province of Ontario more broadly.
The Sport Legacies Research Collaborative (SLRC) is dedicated to building an interdisciplinary network of experts that are interested in empirically documenting and evaluating the legacies of major games on sports participation, physical cultures, social life and the built environment in the host regions.
Public Health Ontario
Disability, Chronic Disease and Disability
University of Albera
Social Impact of Mega Events, Sport & Urban Development
Toronto Sports Council
Sustainable Participation in Sport, Social Inclusion in Sport
University of Texas at Austin
Sport Policy, Sport Tourism, Event Leverage
Auckland University of Technology
Sport Participation & Volunteer Capacity Legacies
University of Ottawa
Nation Branding & the Olympic Games
Belmont Abbey College
Sport and Development, Sport Policy, Nationalism
|Susan L. Forbes
Socio-Cultural & Gender Factors Associated with Injury & Injurious Behaviour
Indigenous Sport, North American Indigenous Games
|Jill Le Clair
Humber College ITAL
Swimming Para-Pan Games
Mount Royal University
Legacy of Paralympic Games
Ethnographic Research on Mass Media
University of Toronto
Public Health Legacies of Mega-Sporting Events
University of Western Ontario
Social Impact of Sport Events
Legacy of Mega Sporting Events
School-Based Impacts of Pre-Games, Games, & Post-Games
Sport Policy & Governance, Sport Tourism
Sheridan College/ Centennial College
Broadcasting Evolution of the Games in Canada
Public Health Ontario
Building Health Promotion Capacity
Critical Study of Sport at the Intersection of Risk,
Health & Healthcare
Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport
Health Aspects of Physical Activity
University of Toronto
Physical Activity Measurement
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Injury Prevention, Sports Safety
University of Windsor
Economic Impact, Tourism Behaviour & Leveraging of Sport Events
University of British Columbia
Sport Mega-Event Impacts, Sustainability Education
Toronto Public Health
Potential Health Impacts of the Pan American Games
The Sport Legacies Research Collaborative has partnered with the Toronto Community Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation to build social capital legacies by leveraging the 2012 Ontario Summer Games and the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
Playing for Keeps will create a legacy of healthier, more active and stronger communities and a deepened sense of belonging through a collaborative, innovative and strategic approach.