MLSE Team Up Foundation, Jays Care Foundation Celebrate Launch Of Cabbagetown Youth Centre Court Refurbishment
The Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) Team Up Foundation, with support from Rogers Communications, and in collaboration with Jays Care Foundation and the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program, launched the completed Cabbagetown Youth Centre (CYC) basketball court refurbishment Thursday. The refurbishment was announced November 2011 by Toronto Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey and his staff. It is one of eight local athletic facilities the Foundation will revitalize in 2012.
“We’re thrilled to make a difference in the lives of the kids that will use this court and contribute to the strengthening of community engagement and belonging through sports,” said Michael Bartlett, executive director, MLSE Team Up Foundation. “To achieve their dreams, kids need opportunity, supportive leadership and deliberate practice. The court provides the kids in Cabbagetown these three very important elements and highlights the importance of recreational space.”
The refurbishment centred around the need to address the ergonomic shortcomings of the CYC’s 25-year old court, which was originally built on concrete. In total, the MLSE Team Up Foundation funded $90,000 towards the removal and replacement of competition class court flooring, installation of backboards, sports lines, Plexiglas and wall padding. The overall facility revitalization project contributes to the community’s need for a safe neighbourhood, while promoting sport.
The court is the heart of the CYC and surrounding community. It court serves as a space for sports and recreational activities, after-four programming, community performances, nursery, social and physical fitness development programs. The facilities refurbishment was also supported by donations from Jays Care Foundation and the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program.