RELEASE — MLSE Foundation announced Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area as this year’s recipient of the Toronto FC Community Action Grant presented by Just Energy Foundation during Saturday’s Toronto FC versus Los Angeles FC game at BMO Field.
Tanya Mruck, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation, was joined by Nancy Donnaperna, Communications Manager, Just Energy and Devin Reynolds, Youth Program Manager, Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area, for the announcement and cheque presentation. The $50,000 grant will support the organization’s “BGC Soccer League” for two full seasons during after-school hours.
“We were thrilled to hear we would be awarded the Toronto FC Community Action Grant from MLSE Foundation and Just Energy Foundation,” said Harold Parsons, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area. “It will allow us to provide hundreds of children and youth with the opportunity to play in an organized sports league at no cost and we feel it really solidifies both MLSE Foundation and Just Energy’s commitment to giving back to the community.”
In collaboration with the Kingston Clippers Soccer Club, the BGC Soccer League will run from September till June and will provide participants with transportation from five different Boys and Girls Club sites across Kingston. Participants will also receive jerseys, equipment, snacks, coaching and volunteer help at no cost.
Along with skill development sessions, the league will provide older participants with mentorship opportunities throughout the season and give youth newcomers to Canada an opportunity to play soccer in an organized league.
“We are excited to support this after-school league in partnership with Just Energy Foundation,” said Tanya Mruck, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation. “We believe that collaboration through sport is the building block of stronger communities and the partnership between Kingston Clippers Soccer Club and Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area will not only provide a quality soccer league but importantly also eliminates all barriers to access.”
The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area provides after-school and evening programming to children ages 4-18 at eight different locations. The club’s mission is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
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“We are very pleased to award this grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area in support of their mission to provide underserved youth with barrier-free access to sports activities,” said Nancy Donnaperna, Communications Manager at Just Energy. “Support for such community programs goes well beyond play; they help vulnerable youth discover their talents and potential, as well as the merits of teamwork and making healthy choices that can help set them up for lifelong success.”
The Toronto FC, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors Community Action Grants are three $50,000 sport-specific prizes presented by Just Energy Foundation that MLSE Foundation award to charitable organizations supporting youth sports programming in Toronto.
Each year, eligible organizations can apply for all grants at mlsefoundation.org, where submissions are reviewed by a selection committee before a winner is chosen and announced at a special event.
About MLSE Foundation
MLSE Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With the support of MLSE’s teams, MLSE Foundation funds the refurbishments of local athletic facilities and funds charities that support kids through sports and recreational programs. Since launching in December 2009, MLSE Foundation has invested more than $30 million into our community. For more information, visit mlsefoundation.org.
About Just Energy Foundation
Just Energy Foundation was established in 2013 by Just Energy Group Inc. to help registered Canadian and U.S. charitable organizations secure the resources required to promote the health and well-being of communities in need. Funded entirely by Just Energy, the Foundation invests in local programs that work to enhance the quality of life in Just Energy’s operating markets towards building stronger and supportive communities. Visit our website justenergyfoundation.com.
About Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area
Boys and Girls Club of Kingston opens our doors and welcomes all children and youth. Through life-changing programs, community-based services, and relationships with peers and caring adults, the Boys and Girls Clubs helps children and youth develop the skills they need to succeed. For more information, visit our website bgckingston.ca.
Release & photo source: MLSE