For nearly 25 years, the Jays Care Foundation has helped countless youth in Toronto Community Housing communities knock it out of the park with the Rookie League program. Now the Blue Jays have been recognized by Major League Baseball for the Jays Care Foundation�s innovative programs�like Rookie League�when they were awarded the Commissioner�s Award for Philanthropic Excellence by Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
Rookie League participants gather around�Chad Jenkins, Colby Rasmus and Aaron
Loup to celebrate the end of another successful season.
Jays Care and the Toronto Blue Jays were recognized for their Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy, which includes the Rookie League program available to young Toronto Community Housing residents. The Jays Care Foundation, the official charity of the Blue Jays, will receive a $10,000 grant from MLB as part of this recognition.�
Plans are underway for the 25th season of Rookie League, a summer-long baseball day-camp. Through organized sport, Rookie League builds leadership skills and encourages participants to live a healthy, active lifestyle. In 2012 alone, over 900 youth from 48 TCH communities had the opportunity to participate in the program.�
�I was delighted to see that Major League Baseball recognized both the Rookie League and the work of the Jays Care Foundation,� said Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Gene Jones in a letter to Danielle Bedasse, Executive Director of the Jays Care Foundation.�
Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Gene Jones speaks to 2012 Rookie
�Rookie League is a shining example of many partners working together to build healthy communities that make Toronto a great place to live.�
Toronto Community Housing is proud to partner with the Jays Care Foundation to provide the Rookie League program to young residents, and congratulates both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Jays Care Foundation on receiving recognition for their strong community partnerships.
Toronto Community Housing youth and their families interested in participating in Rookie League can visit the�Rookie League page�on our website.