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Jays care, kids play

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While the natural setting of the UTSC campus supports all manner of wildlife, spotting Toronto Blue Jays is a rare and exciting event.

In August, the baseball diamond, soccer fields, tennis courts and Miller Lash House hosted a party of Jays and 1,700 young people from Jays Care Foundation Rookie League. The Rookie League players, aged six to 13, participated in sports events, skills clinics and other fun activities including a barbecue 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 has been held at UTSC. “We’re all about opportunities that broaden kids’ horizons,” says Scott McRoberts, the campus’s Director of Athletics and Recreation. “Jays Care Foundation is one of the most char- itable organizations in sports. They do a great job making a difference in the lives of so many.”