The summer baseball season was knocked right out of the park with the start of Rookie League's 27th season on July 8.
About 1,250 children from over 50 Toronto Community Housing communities came together at Stan Wadlow Park in East York to play, learn and enjoy the game of baseball.
A Rookie League participant takes a break from the baseball drills
Each summer, Jays Care Foundation, in partnership with Toronto Community Housing, runs Rookie League, a safe, fun, active and engaging summer-long baseball day camp for kids ages 6 to 12.
Participants took part in supervised baseball drills throughout the day. Young Rookie Leaguers received a backpack complete with a baseball glove, as well as Blue Jays t-shirts, hats, and water bottles. All participants also enjoyed a barbecued lunch with hot dogs and cold refreshments.
The ceremonial first pitches were thrown out by three Rookie Leaguers, and they were easily caught by Greg Spearn, Toronto Community Housing Interim President and CEO, Robert Witchel, Jays Care Foundation's Executive Director and Jamie Campbell, the host of Sportsnet's Blue Jays Central.
(Left to right) Robert Witchel, Jays Care Foundation's Executive Director, Greg Spearn, Toronto Community Housing Interim President and CEO, and Jamie Campbell, host of Sportsnet's Blue Jays Central, await the first pitch�
Through Active Living programs, such as Rookie League, Toronto Community Housing works with partners to help youth living in our communities develop the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential.
Rookie League also helps connect youth with employment and leadership opportunities. This year, 180 youth 15 years and older will be employed as coaches, mentors and counsellors through the Rookie League Youth Champion program.
Rookie League is about making friends, learning life skills like teamwork, leadership and fair play and encouraging kids to live a healthy lifestyle by staying active and participating in sports.
To learn more about Toronto Community Housing's Active Living programs, including Rookie League, visit torontohousing.ca/activeliving