Blue Jays and BGCC to Leave a Legacy for Amateur Baseball
Sometimes kids just need a TEAM to play for. Jays Care Foundation, in partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the Y, Toronto Community Housing (TCH), and Pathways to Education, offers this safe, fun, active and engaging baseball program for children, ages 5-18, who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in recreational or organized sport. In addition to providing youth employment opportunities and training coaches, Rookie League is a program that uses the game of baseball as a foundation to teach children the importance of team work, cooperation and self-esteem. Toronto Blue Jays players serve as Honourary Captains for each of the Rookie League divisions and all program sites are equipped with t-shirts, hats, baseball equipment and coaching support to facilitate programming. Last year, Rookie League reached over 6,300 children and youth across Canada.
In 2014, Rookie League is celebrating its 26th season, and will continue to break barriers to organized sport for more than 7,900 children and youth in over 140 communities from coast to coast.