|"The Toronto Blue Jays are excited to grow the partnership with KidSport Canada. By partnering with KidSport, we are able to provide access to organized baseball for children and youth who could not otherwise afford to participate and immediately broaden the reach of Jays Care programs and outreach initiatives, connecting with more kids and communities across Canada."|
|— Danielle Bedasse, Jays Care Foundation Executive Director|
In April of 2014, Jays Care announced a $100,000 investment into the KidSport grant program. Through the Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League program, KidSport will disburse registration and equipment grants to kids in communities across Canada.
KidSport is a national organization with 4,000 volunteers that has been reaching children in 177 communities across 10 provinces and the Northwest Territories for over 20 years. Since 1993, KidSport has provided over 400,000 children and youth across Canada with subsidies to participate in organized sport.
In 2012, Jays Care disbursed a $50,000 Grand Slam Grant to KidSport Ontario. This grant provided over 250 children in Ontario with a full season of baseball programming in the summers of 2012 and 2013. The grant was also used to facilitate introduction to sport programs, each of which included a baseball component, at FunZones in Ottawa, Toronto, London, Niagara, Norwich, Greater Napenee, West Northumberland and Rainy River, Ontario.
Jays Care and KidSport have partnered to ensure children and youth across Canada are provided with the opportunity and resources needed to play baseball this summer and beyond.
KidSport accepts applications for baseball grants throughout the calendar year. For information regarding eligibility, or to find your local KidSport chapter, visit: kidsport.ca.
"KidSport is thrilled to partner with Jays Care as both organizations share the same goal to give all Canadian kids the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of sport. Our work together is just beginning and we are looking forward to making a major league difference together so all kids can play."
— Jamie Ferguson, KidSport Chair