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Rookie League

Jays Care Foundation (JCF), in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, the Y, Pathways to Education Canada and Toronto Community Housing, offers the Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League. Rookie League is a program that uses the game of baseball as a foundation to teach children the importance of team work, cooperation, and self-esteem. This safe, fun, active and engaging baseball program for children, ages 5-18, focuses on those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in recreational or organized sport. Toronto Blue Jays Alumni Lloyd Moseby, Duane Ward, Jesse Barfield & Roberto Alomar serve as Honourary Managers, and 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Jose Reyes, Colby Rasmus, Casey Janssen, Dioner Navarro, Edwin Encarnacion & Jose Bautista serve as Honourary Captains. Jays Care provides baseball equipment, T-shirts, hats and baseball resources, as well as sustainable grants to each community. In 2014, Rookie League is celebrating its 26th season, and will continue to break barriers to organized sport for more than 8,000 children and youth in 140 communities from coast to coast.

The Participants
  • 71% of kids in our program have never experienced baseball
  • 64% Male and 36% Female
  • The participants:
    • 34% African-Caribbean
    • 23% Caucasian
    • 16% Asian
    • 7% Aboriginal
    • 5% Hispanic
    • 15% Other

Rookie League provides programming during the important summer and after school hours in under-served neighbourhoods to promote positive development. It continues to build healthy communities by using Baseball as an ambassador to provide physical activity, instill confidence, and develop leadership skills.

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