8/22/2013 12:55 P.M. ET
Jays Care unveils new gymnasium for Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Birls Club
$100,000 Field of Dreams grant funds new gym for 1,100 TKBGC participants
By / MLB.com
On Friday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. ET, JAYS CARE FOUNDATION will unveil a brand new Jays Care gymnasium for the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs (TKBGC). The development of the gym was made possible through a $100,000 Field of Dreams grant, and will offer Cabbagetown, St Jamestown and Regent Park youth a safe, supervised space to socialize and participate in physical activity.
TKBGC impacts 1,100 kids through its after-school, school-breaks and evening programs, and inspires them to make healthy lifestyle choices through a number of athletic programs. The Club borders Cabbagetown and Regent Park, where 69 per cent of the families the Club serves earn less than $20,000 annually.
During the unveiling, Jays Care will present TKBGC with a baseball equipment donation to assist in launching baseball programming at the Club. Following the ceremony, TKBGC children will participate in a Blue Jays baseball clinic.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Event will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Official opening of Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs' Jays Care gymnasium
Opening remarks and speeches
Photo opportunity and media availability
Blue Jays baseball clinic for TKBGC children
Rob Drynan, Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation
Ian Edward, Executive Director, Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs
Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs
Jays Care helps build safe places for kids to play baseball or other sports with their friends, while learning from positive role models. Jays Care has invested more than $4 million in the creation of 40 safe youth spaces across Canada, including the refurbishment of 20 baseball fields, so that all kids can reach their full potential.
About Jays Care Foundation
The Toronto Blue Jays, 2012 recipient of the MLB Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence, believe every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential, regardless of the challenges they face. Jays Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Blue Jays, sets kids on a lifelong track to success by investing in charitable, community and baseball programs and facilities that focus on helping kids in need get active, excel academically and lead healthy lives. To date, Jays Care has invested more than $7.5 million in Canada's children and communities.
For more information, visit www.bluejays.com/jayscare, follow @JaysCare on Twitter, 'like' Jays Care on Facebook, or call 416-341-1456.
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