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Community celebrates athletics centre groundbreaking

A UTSC student loaded with swag at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre groundbreaking celebration.

On September 27, 2012, sports and government dignitaries joined the university and surrounding community to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre being constructed at UTSC.

Officials included federal Minister of Sport Bal Gosal; Ontario Minister Responsible for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Charles Sousa; Pickering-Scarborough East MP Corneliu Chisu; Scarborough-Agincourt MPP Soo Wong; Pickering-Scarborough East MPP Tracy MacCharles; and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Also in attendance were a number of Olympic and Paralympic athletes who posed for photographs and signed autographs. Students, staff, faculty and members of the local community, as well as students from nearby Military Trail Public School, joined the festivities.

In 2010, UTSC students passed a levy that will see their tuitions paying $30 million over approximately 25 years for the facility. The overall project will cost $205 million.

“This facility will further connect the university and the community,” Principal Franco Vaccarino said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “So much of the thanks goes to the students. You were the ones who boldly said yes to this facility just a few years ago. Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your foresight.”

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