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6/19/2013 11:36 A.M. ET

Blue Jays unveil a field of dreams for Smythe-Rockcliffe neighbourhood

$175,000 Jays Care grant funds refurbishment of Smythe Park baseball diamond

On Thursday, June 20th at 5:00 p.m., TORONTO BLUE JAYS alumnus and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, Sportsnet's Jamie Campbell, Blue Jays staff, the City of Toronto and York Baseball Association will unveil the newly-refurbished main diamond at Smythe Park in Toronto.

The Toronto Blue Jays, through JAYS CARE FOUNDATION, have invested $175,000 in the City of Toronto for the refurbishment - an undertaking that will benefit more than 350 York Baseball Association participants this season.

The Jays Care Community Crew, made up of 50 volunteers from the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre staff, will be following up with a field cleanup this summer. The Community Crew will sand and paint rusty bleachers, edge the diamond, and tamp the pitcher's mound. This is the first of many Community Crew field cleanups slated for the 2013 season.

To kick off this community celebration, the Jays Care Foundation Young Professionals Committee will host a barbeque for all the children and families in attendance. Following the presentation, 100 youth from the local community - including 18 Rookie Leaguers - will take part in a free Blue Jays Baseball Academy Instructional Clinic. The clinic will be led by Toronto Blue Jays staff and Roberto Alomar.

This park is one of the primary locations for the Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League in Toronto. Rookie League is a safe and fun summer program for children living in under-resourced communities across Canada. Through a partnership with Toronto Community Housing and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, this year-round program is offered at no cost to participants and their families. Rookie League is celebrating its 25th season and will impact 5,000 children and youth.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Event will start at 5:00 p.m.


Community barbeque hosted by the Jays Care Foundation Young Professionals Committee

Official opening of the newly-refurbished Smythe Park baseball diamond

Opening remarks and speeches

Photo opportunity and media availability

100 youth participate in Blue Jays Baseball Academy Instructional Clinic


Jamie Campbell, Play by Play Announcer, Blue Jays Baseball on Sportsnet

Roberto Alomar, Toronto Blue Jays alumnus

John Macintyre, Jays Care Foundation Board of Directors, Volunteer Director  

Councillor Frances Nunziata, Ward 11 York South-Weston

Pete Zakkak, Vice President Keelesdale, York Baseball Association


Smythe Park - Main Diamond

177 Scarlett Road (Jane/Alliance)

Toronto, ON

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