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Toronto Blue Jays on campus

While the natural setting of the UTSC campus supports all manner of wildlife, spotting Toronto Blue Jays is a rare and exciting event.  On August 14th the baseball diamond, soccer fields, tennis courts and Miller Lash House will be the venues for a party of Jays and 1,700 young people from Jays Care Foundation Rookie League.  The Rookie League players, aged six to thirteen, will be participating in sport events, skills clinics and other fun activities including a BBQ lunch.

Rookie League is a partnership with Jays Care Foundation—the Major League Baseball team’s charitable arm—and Toronto Community Housing, The YMCA, Pathways to Education Canada, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.  The partnership introduces children living in under-resourced communities to the sport of baseball and provides opportunities for youth development and leadership. Now in its 26th season, the program will reach over 8,000 children in more than 160 communities across Canada in 2014. 

This is the first time the annual Toronto wrap-up event will be held at UTSC.  “We’re all about opportunities that broaden kids’ horizons,” says Scott McRoberts, the campus’ director of athletics and recreation. “Jays Care Foundation is one of the most charitable organizations in sports.  They do a great job making a difference in the lives of so many.”

“We are very excited to provide our kids with an opportunity to play baseball at the first-class athletic facilities at the University of Toronto, Scarborough,” says Brendan Mohammed, manager of programs and outreach for the Jays Care Foundation.  “Having our kids exposed to the university campus is a critical component to not only our participants but to our youth coaches.”

The Rookie League players, along with 180 staff, 150 volunteers and a band of Jays will be on campus on Thursday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The young people are all residents of Toronto Community Housing, Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes -- about six per cent of the City of Toronto's population.




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