50/50 Program Charitable Partners
MLSE Foundation runs 50/50 draws at home games across all four of our teams - Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies - making the 50/50 the largest on-going fundraiser. Each season the 50/50 draw supports Kidsport, Special Olympics, Best Buddies and Reach for the Rainbow. Last season, MLSE Foundation raised and granted over $632,000 to these partners through our 50/50 program.
Best Buddies Program
Best Buddies uses their funds to support programs running in schools throughout Toronto. The program gives students with intellectual disabilities a chance to interact with their peers in meaningful social settings - opportunities they might not have without the help of their unique program.
Funds support Best Buddies national basketball free-throw competition, “Hooping It Up with Best Buddies”. Students attempt to sink as many baskets as possible within 60 seconds. During the months of March and April, participating schools and students have the chance to compete for the top score and the chance to win one of three National Grand Prizes and Titles. This program creates a more inclusive environment for people with intellectual disabilities through basketball. It strengthens the friendships established by students within the schools using sport, teamwork, fun activities and engaging peers to be physically active.
Each year, Best Buddies organizes approximately 40 “Hooping It Up” events in Toronto and the GTA, reaching approximately 1300 students and encouraging them to get moving.
As well, each year 24 high schools participate in the “Special Mini Olympics” with 1000 participants from across Toronto enjoying a day of fun activities and sports.
Four Corners Basketball Program and Four Corners Soccer Program
Special Olympics created the “Four Corners” program with the intention of introducing sports to new athletes and increasing participation in Special Olympics activities through a new and competitive program.
Largely funded through the MLSE Foundation partnership with Special Olympics Ontario, the “Four Corners” program introduces student-athletes and their educators to basketball and soccer in strategically targeted communities across the province that lack quality school-based sport options for students. Athletes are given a pathway for continued success through the opportunity of advancement to a provincial championship; teams from regional competitions come together and compete in a high profile, high quality, and centralized event in the GTA that raises awareness and promotes equality for intellectually disabled young athletes in Ontario.
32 tournaments held in various communities across the province in the 2013/2014 season
This season, 9 teams and 70 athletes qualified out of these tournaments to represent Toronto schools at the Special Olympics Ontario Provincial School Championships
The KidSport Grant Program
For families in need of help to cover registration and equipment costs, the KidSport Grant program provides funding to children ages 18 and under to enable their participation in a season of sport. Through a confidential application process, individuals apply with the assistance of a sponsor; their parent, guardian, social worker, or anyone who is closely connected to the family and aware of their situation is able to fill out the application. The KidSport Grant Program is accessible across Ontario through each of the 22 local KidSport community chapters and the KidSport Ontario Provincial Office.
Since partnering with the MLSE Foundation, The KidSport Grant Program has assisted more than 1,500 underserviced children and youth enjoy the benefits of a season of organized sport of their choice.
Each year, KidSport provides over 3,000 registration and equipment grants to Ontario kids so that they can play in over 50 different sports
Reach for the Rainbow Camp Program
Reach for the Rainbow approaches the camping experience on a number of levels which are in-depth intake methods, inclusion training for all counsellors, training 1:1 support counsellors, resource visits for families and supporters, accessible bussing and loan cupboards for specialized equipment. Each being essential respite services to families and care givers.
Reach for the Rainbow agency programs accept all children with disabilities and concentrate on establishing a holistic approach to providing the participant with meaningful and transformative experiences. Reach for the Rainbow provides individuals with a sense of independence, a feeling of belonging, and a chance to flourish friendships with their peers. Programs are primarily directed towards children between the ages of seven and seventeen, with 24.5% of the agency's clients representing young adults above the age of seventeen.
75% of 125 responding families cite RFTR as their main respite source
In 2013, over 650 children were given the opportunity to attend residential, day and year round programs
99% of placements were successfully completed by Reach for the Rainbow camp participants in 2013
RFTR was able to partner with 35 accredited children’s camps (17 residential, 18 day camps)
MJKO provides a safe and inclusive learning environment where youth from priority neighbourhoods can develop into future leaders in their communities. MJKO’S Blueprint Program provides weekly two hour classes that teach youth to become community champions as well as promotes physical fitness. The program also reaches out to youth experiencing both behavioural and learning challenges.
This program focuses on five components:
1. Physical Activity
2. Social Skills Development
3. Mental Skills Training
5. Commitment to Community through the sport of non-contact boxing.
The program is growing and provides a total of 60 youth from over 10 diverse backgrounds an opportunity take part in physical activity and develop their social skills and be a part rewarding experience.
Toronto Youth Development
Regent Park Soccer League
Toronto Youth Development Academic and Sports Enrichment programs helps youth in the Toronto's east side from their current environment develop confidence and leadership skills by offering after school programs , mentorship workshops and sports leagues.
Toronto Youth Development's Regent Park Soccer League provides a soccer experience for kids aged 4 to 15. The RPSL is committed to providing fun, fairness and safety for the all participants involved. RPSL also offers volunteers opportunities as well as development programs for coaching and refereeing development.
Over 240 kids were involved with the various programs
RPSL has been a success with 170 children and youth participating as well as 110 volunteers involved in the program