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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.

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Media Contacts:

Jamie Deans
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
(416) 815-5445

Rajani Kamath
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
(416) 815-5790


The MLSE Team Up Foundation

The MLSE Team Up Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With the support of all four MLSE teams – the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies – the Foundation funds the refurbishment of local athletic facilities and programs that support kids through sports and recreation. Since launching in December 2009, the MLSE Team Up Foundation has invested more than $6.5 million into our community. For more information visit or follow @TeamUpFdn.

Jays Care Foundation

Since 1992, Jays Care has created opportunities for children and youth in need by providing access to programs that promote regular physical activity, encourage the pursuit of higher education and impart fundamental life skills. The foundation has made possible the building of dedicated, accessible, safe youth spaces for recreational programming, inspiring engagement through the sport of baseball. In 2011 alone, Jays Care contributed more than $1.4 million to initiatives and facilities across Ontario and beyond, and provided 17,000 kids access to vital programs and services through Field of Dreams funding, Grand Slam Grants, the Home Run Scholars program and Rookie League camps. For more information, visit and follow Jays Care on Twitter: @jayscare.

Cabbagetown Youth Centre

The Cabbagetown Youth Centre (CYC) was founded in 1972 as the Cabbagetown Boxing Club to provide at-risk youth with positive alternatives through sport and recreation, while encouraging ongoing education. Over the past 39 years, the CYC has expanded to meet the growing needs of the community to provide a complete range of recreational, social and educational & skill development programs for ages ranging from newborns to seniors, while maintaining a specific focus on at-risk children and youth. CYC’s mandate is to provide barrier-free access to a full range of programs otherwise not available to some of the most marginalized and high-need children, youth and families through the support and creation of sustainable programming to respond to gaps in services and combat risk factors. As a result, over the years the CYC has expanded from its original site at 2 Lancaster Avenue by establishing three satellite sites in the heart of St. James Town, one of North America’s most densely populated and underserviced communities. CYC also operates programs at Rose Avenue Public School and Winchester Public School.