MLSE FOUNDATION AND THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM, CULTURE AND SPORT INVEST $1M INTO GENDER EQUITY SPORT PROGRAMMING

MLSE Foundation has been named the recipient of a $705,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to promote inclusive sport and recreation in Ontario at the grassroots level. MLSE Foundation will also be contributing an additional $295,000 towards the gender focused granting, bringing the total value of this commitment to $1,000,000. The funding will support grants to 20 community sports and recreation organizations to develop and deliver girl-specific programming and prioritize participation opportunities for equity-deserving populations.

“This year’s Change The Game Research Project, MLSE Foundation’s annual study of youth sports in Canada, uncovered the disappointing reality that women and girls continue to be adversely affected by an inability to access sports or recreation,” said Bridgette Estrela, Managing Director, MLSE Foundation. “We are grateful to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for helping to enable our efforts to deliver accessible and engaging sports programming with life skills integration for girls and women.”

The work of the MLSE Foundation is driven by data-based opportunities identified through research, including the Change The Game Research Project. Some of the key findings helping to educate the use of the grant include that less than half of girls played sports more than once a week compared to boys as well as that 1 in 3 girls dropped out of sport by the age of 16. In addition, girls reported that social connection and role modelling are important factors in sport participation. With that, funding will also support a pilot initiative to meaningfully engage girls at the local level and train more coaches from diverse communities, using proven methodologies implemented at MLSE LaunchPad.

“Our government is proud to invest in MLSE Foundation’s partnerships with grassroots organizations to provide programming that will help girls experience the physical, mental and emotional benefits of participation in sport,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Creating welcoming and inclusive sport and recreation environments and opportunities for girls will help them develop confidence and the life skills to achieve their full potential.”

MLSEFoundation is built on the belief that sport has the power to change the world. With the support of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors,Toronto FC and Toronto Argonauts, the foundation invests in programs, organizations and communities to empower youth to use sport to recognize and reach their potential. Since its in December 2009, MLSE Foundation has invested more than $45 million into Ontario communities and works to provide equitable access to sport and opportunity on the playing field that leads to success and opportunity off the playing field.

For more information on the on the work of MLSE Foundation, to donate or to get involved, visit mlsefoundation.org.

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Media Contact: Victoria Malisani, MLSE, victoria.malisani@mlse.com

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MLSE FOUNDATION AND THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM, CULTURE AND SPORT INVEST $1M INTO GENDER EQUITY SPORT PROGRAMMING

MLSE Foundation has been named the recipient of a $705,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to promote inclusive sport and recreation in Ontario at the grassroots level. MLSE Foundation will also be contributing an additional $295,000 towards the gender focused granting, bringing the total value of this commitment to $1,000,000. The funding will support grants to 20 community sports and recreation organizations to develop and deliver girl-specific programming and prioritize participation opportunities for equity-deserving populations.

“This year’s Change The Game Research Project, MLSE Foundation’s annual study of youth sports in Canada, uncovered the disappointing reality that women and girls continue to be adversely affected by an inability to access sports or recreation,” said Bridgette Estrela, Managing Director, MLSE Foundation. “We are grateful to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for helping to enable our efforts to deliver accessible and engaging sports programming with life skills integration for girls and women.”

The work of the MLSE Foundation is driven by data-based opportunities identified through research, including the Change The Game Research Project. Some of the key findings helping to educate the use of the grant include that less than half of girls played sports more than once a week compared to boys as well as that 1 in 3 girls dropped out of sport by the age of 16. In addition, girls reported that social connection and role modelling are important factors in sport participation. With that, funding will also support a pilot initiative to meaningfully engage girls at the local level and train more coaches from diverse communities, using proven methodologies implemented at MLSE LaunchPad.

“Our government is proud to invest in MLSE Foundation’s partnerships with grassroots organizations to provide programming that will help girls experience the physical, mental and emotional benefits of participation in sport,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Creating welcoming and inclusive sport and recreation environments and opportunities for girls will help them develop confidence and the life skills to achieve their full potential.”

MLSEFoundation is built on the belief that sport has the power to change the world. With the support of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors,Toronto FC and Toronto Argonauts, the foundation invests in programs, organizations and communities to empower youth to use sport to recognize and reach their potential. Since its in December 2009, MLSE Foundation has invested more than $45 million into Ontario communities and works to provide equitable access to sport and opportunity on the playing field that leads to success and opportunity off the playing field.

For more information on the on the work of MLSE Foundation, to donate or to get involved, visit mlsefoundation.org.

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Media Contact: Victoria Malisani, MLSE, victoria.malisani@mlse.com

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Investment in women and girls sport key commitment of Change the Game campaign

MLSE Foundation has been named the recipient of a $705,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to promote inclusive sport and recreation in Ontario at the grassroots level. MLSE Foundation will also be contributing an additional $295,000 towards the gender focused granting, bringing the total value of this commitment to $1,000,000. The funding will support grants to 20 community sports and recreation organizations to develop and deliver girl-specific programming and prioritize participation opportunities for equity-deserving populations.

“This year’s Change The Game Research Project, MLSE Foundation’s annual study of youth sports in Canada, uncovered the disappointing reality that women and girls continue to be adversely affected by an inability to access sports or recreation,” said Bridgette Estrela, Managing Director, MLSE Foundation. “We are grateful to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for helping to enable our efforts to deliver accessible and engaging sports programming with life skills integration for girls and women.”

The work of the MLSE Foundation is driven by data-based opportunities identified through research, including the Change The Game Research Project. Some of the key findings helping to educate the use of the grant include that less than half of girls played sports more than once a week compared to boys as well as that 1 in 3 girls dropped out of sport by the age of 16. In addition, girls reported that social connection and role modelling are important factors in sport participation. With that, funding will also support a pilot initiative to meaningfully engage girls at the local level and train more coaches from diverse communities, using proven methodologies implemented at MLSE LaunchPad.

“Our government is proud to invest in MLSE Foundation’s partnerships with grassroots organizations to provide programming that will help girls experience the physical, mental and emotional benefits of participation in sport,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Creating welcoming and inclusive sport and recreation environments and opportunities for girls will help them develop confidence and the life skills to achieve their full potential.”

MLSEFoundation is built on the belief that sport has the power to change the world. With the support of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors,Toronto FC and Toronto Argonauts, the foundation invests in programs, organizations and communities to empower youth to use sport to recognize and reach their potential. Since its in December 2009, MLSE Foundation has invested more than $45 million into Ontario communities and works to provide equitable access to sport and opportunity on the playing field that leads to success and opportunity off the playing field.

For more information on the on the work of MLSE Foundation, to donate or to get involved, visit mlsefoundation.org.

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Media Contact: Victoria Malisani, MLSE, victoria.malisani@mlse.com

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