The Toronto Blue Jays care about keeping kids healthy and physically fit. Each season, Blue Jays players visit schools and classrooms to promote healthy eating and regular exercise. The visits provide students with the opportunity to interact closely with Blue Jays players, allows them to ask questions. It helps them to learn how health and fitness are a key aspect of life as a professional athlete. Each of the visits has its own individual program, varying from physical games and activities to discussing nutrition and healthy eating.
On Monday, June 8, pitchers Liam Hendriks and Ryan Tepera visited Cosburn Middle School with nutritionist Jen Sygo to teach some Grade 6 students about the importance of healthy eating and active lifestyles.
ACE and the players divided up into teams to participate in an interactive game that taught the class about creating well rounded snacks that include both protein and carbohydrates.
After the game and Sygo's lesson, the students were given a chance to ask the players questions about everything from their daily baseball routines to favourite foods.
Students were left with Blue Jays items including a Hit a Home Run for Healthy Eating Nutrition Guide to help them further their learning.
New in 2015, the Blue Jays Ultimate Field Trip contest enabled two schools to win a field trip to a baseball game at Rogers Centre.
The Grand Prize Ultimate Field Trip School also received a pep rally attended by Blue Jays players and mascot ACE.
Check back soon for more information regarding the 2016 Ultimate Field Trip!
The excitement could be felt across the playground at Danforth Gardens Public School after word spread that the Blue Jays would be paying a visit to the Scarborough school. Students hung a "Welcome Blue Jays" banner on the baseball diamond backstop in anticipation of the arrival of a few players who would give a lesson in baseball on a beautiful spring afternoon.