07/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/14/2021 08:39
Program made possible by Rogers will support return to in-person summer camp for 58 BGC Clubs
Today, Jays CareFoundation is formally announcing $885,000 in funding to support the Rookie League program in BGC Clubs (formerly Boys & Girls Clubs) this summer. Rookie League is a best-in-class summer camp for kids between the ages of 4 and 15 that will be run in 58 community Clubs across nine Canadian provinces. Over the course of the summer, the program is expected to provide over 12,000 participants nationwide with a safe return to in-person summer camp.
In 2020, the Rookie League program ran virtually at BGC Clubs, reaching nearly 10,000 campers with innovative programming approaches to keep kids active and engaged through the pandemic. This year, in accordance with local public health guidelines, the program will be returning to an in-person capacity and providing kids with the opportunity to safely foster in-person connection while developing life skills.
'This summer, we are incredibly excited that thousands of kids will be able to safely return to camp at 58 BGC Clubs across the country,' said Robert Witchel, Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation. 'We are thankful to our partners at Rogers for making this program possible and are thrilled to continue a legacy of supporting summer programming for Canadian children and youth at BGC Clubs.'
'Jays Care Foundation has offered incredible support throughout the pandemic, including resources and training to help our Clubs transition to virtual,' said Owen Charters, President & CEO, BGC Canada. 'As restrictions begin to lift, we are thrilled that Jays Care and Rogers are providing funding so thousands of kids across the country can once again connect in-person with trusted Club staff and councillors and take part in summer activities that boost their physical and mental health.'
Jays Care's Rookie League program is supported through a longstanding partnership with Rogers, which has provided more than $10 million in funding to Jays Care Foundation programs in the last 10 years alone. The partnership has supported the building or refurbishing of accessible baseball diamonds as part of Field Of Dreams, more than 60 Ted Rogers Scholarships for Jays Care-nominated youth since 2017, and helped thousands of kids gain access to the Rookie League program across Canada.
Creative files available for media use can be found through the following link. Please see below for a full list of BGC Clubs participating in the 2021 Rookie League season:
Newfoundland & Labrador:
Prince Edward Island:
Jeremy Knight, [email protected], 416.451.3343