With 80 sports project video proposals submitted from community groups across the city, Game On Toronto! has announced 16 winning entries that will spring into action beginning January 2015 we are proud to announce that Queens Plate has secured a level 2 funding giving athletes of Ascot Co-Op the opportunity to be trained by Professional Futsal Coaches from Futsal Club Toronto, “We are extremely excited for the community of Queens Plate Co-Op where they now have the opportunity to participate in organized sports thanks to the City of Toronto’s project, GAME ON TORONTO. It’s extremely important for us as an organization to give back to the community that has been home to our club for many years; being able to now open the doors to the youth of the Rexdale area is very rewarding to us. There are many undiscovered players in this community who now have the opportunity to partake in Futsal and soccer in 2015. We look forward to working with the players of Rexdale and having them embrace futsal and falling in love with the sport that we also strongly believe in”, comments Roy Blanche Technical Director of Futsal Club Toronto.
The winning projects range from helping immigrant and refugee children take part in winter sports like skating and cross-country skiing, to giving seniors with limited mobility the chance to play chair tennis, soccer, water-polo, basketball and more.
Thanks to Game On Toronto! there will also be increased opportunities for the deaf and hard of hearing to play sports, and an increase in sport-related skills development for kids in marginalized communities.
Making communities strong
“We’re thrilled to announce these winners,” said Chris Brillinger, City of Toronto’s Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration division.
“Game On Toronto! will give greater opportunity for Toronto residents to be active, healthy and engaged in sport, which is so important for community development. We’re excited to support these 16 programs,” he continued.
Game On Toronto! Winners: Level 1*
Sports for Seniors (Circle of Care)
Hey Toronto – Come Try Ringette!! (Etobicoke Ringette Association)
Naci Volleyball (Naci Volleyball)
Game On Toronto The PYB Group (Game On Toronto The PYB Group)
Toronto Tornadoes Wheelchair Basketball Program (Toronto Tornadoes ParaSport Club)
Toronto East Bike Festival (Ward 36 Cyclists and TO35Cycles)
Game On Toronto! Winners: Level 2**
Move Up! (Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services)
Queen’s Plate Community Game On (Ascot Co-op)
CHIRS Rec Coach (Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto)
Grassroots Canada Youth Development (Grassroots Canada Basketball)
Hope House Youth & Athlete Sports Development Initiative (Hope House Youth Charities)
Silent Voice Sports Program (Silent Voice Canada)
Toronto Lords Basketball Association (Toronto Lords Community Association/Basketball Association)
Squashing Around – GAME ON! (Urban Squash Toronto)
Toronto Karate Kids League (Welcome House)
West Scarborough Aquatics – On the Move (West Scarborough Aquatics – West Scarborough Neighborhood Community Center)
From Aug. 12- Oct. 15 of this year, Toronto groups were encouraged to submit up to 95-second videos outlining proposals to increase or improve sports opportunities in their communities.
Proposals were required to support non-profit community groups, non-profit sports clubs, leagues and associations for sports development projects.
Nearly 32,800 votes
Once the submission period closed, residents across the city were encouraged to vote for their favorite entries during a two-week period.
Nearly 32,800 votes were cast, “an incredible number”, noted Brillinger, and resident voting was combined with scores from a judging panel of community and sport leaders.
Winners were notified on Dec. 16.
Total funding for the 16 programs is $500,000, which will be implemented before, during and after the Games.
Game On Toronto! is aimed at encouraging people from diverse backgrounds to learn and play sports together, re-energize existing sport programs, introduce or establish new sport programs, and build volunteerism.
The Game On Toronto! contest launched in the spring of 2014 as part of the Host City Showcase Program.
The City of Toronto initiative ensures the spirit of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games lives on in communities across the city before, during and after the Games.
For more on the City of Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games initiatives, including news, events and feature stories, visit toronto.ca/panam2015.
*Level 1 includes grants up to $15,00
**Level 2 includes grants between $16,000 up to $50,000.
If you haven’t had the opportunity as of yet check please check out the Queens Plate Co-Op proposal video put together by The Toronto Police and Ascot Downs Co-Op staff: http://www.gameontoronto.ca/entry/20585149-Queen%27s-Plate-Community-Game-O?offset=0&sort=upload%20DESC&q=Queen&channel=26645