Team up with the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays to launch award-winning extracurricular programs in your school!
Jays Care Foundation is looking for teammates as we build a roster of dedicated educators across Canada who are committed to making a meaningful impact in their students' lives. It's easy to become a Jays Care Affiliate School:
- Join us for a virtual training session
- Find at least 10 students interested in participating in introductory softball/baseball programming
- Commit to at least 2 hours of extracurricular programming per week for 8 weeks
As a Jays Care Affiliate School, we’ll send you a specialized equipment kit, Blue Jays t-shirts and hats for your students, a best-in-class program manual, and we’ll be there to support you every step of the way. It’s really that easy!
Explore our programs below to find out which extracurricular program(s) your school is eligible to apply for.
Become a Jays Care Affiliate School, and access our award-winning programs that are catered towards children and youth facing barriers, including, but not limited to, girls, youth with physical or cognitive disabilities, Indigenous youth and youth facing poverty.
Challenger Baseball: Challenger Baseball is an adaptive baseball or softball program designed to empower children and youth living with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. This adaptive program is ideal for schools that are motivated to create introductory sport programs specifically tailored to the needs, strengths and hopes of individuals with disabilities. In this program, baseball or softball are used as the vehicle to enhance four main program objectives: connection, courage, independence and love of physical activity.
Girls At Bat: Girls At Bat is an introductory baseball or softball program designed and delivered to create spaces that empower and centre the leadership and voices of girls, while making it easy to build belonging. This program is ideal for schools that are motivated to offer programming for anyone identifying as a girl facing barriers to sport participation. In this program, baseball/softball is used as the vehicle to enhance four main program objectives: connection, courage, leadership and love of sport.
Indigenous Play Ball: In order to answer calls to action around sport and youth programs as laid out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Jays Care seeks to amplify the voices of Indigenous children and youth, celebrate their success and achievements, and advocate for their right to equal opportunity. Our Play Ball program brings Indigenous youth together using the power of baseball and softball during or after-school to encourage connection and love of sport.
Rookie League: Rookie League provides a platform for a wide range of children and youth experiencing diverse barriers to join together and participate in highly inclusive, mixed ability, safe and fun softball and/or baseball programming. Rookie League is the ultimate safe-space for any young person looking to find their team, develop new skills and have fun. Rookie League is developed for children and youth who face multiple barriers to participation or who are forced to sit on the sidelines. The goal of Rookie League is to build a sense of community and belonging for children and youth who often opt out of other sport programming. These athletes may face multiple barriers to participation including but not limited to, financial barriers, language barriers, sexual orientation/expression, responsibilities at home, etc.
In 2022, Jays Care Foundation has supported:
- 2,474 educators, coaches, and front-line staff trained in inclusive sport & play programming
- 45,000+ children & youth accessing dynamic in-person & virtual programming
- 383 Schools, 126 Challenger Baseball Leagues, 68 BGCs, 101 Indigenous community partners, and 23 newcomer-serving organizations
FEEDBACK FROM EDUCATORS:
“I think this is one of the best supported programs I have ever seen in my ten years that I have been teaching.”
“I have been teaching PhysEd for 16 years now and it was probably the best workshop I have ever been to.”
“Really beneficial, many things I learned can be applied in gym class and other sports.”
“This is such an amazing program that truly has brought spirit and joy to our students.”
Who We Are
Jays Care Foundation's vision is to create a level playing field for all children and youth across Canada. We know that educators across Canada are facing many challenges this year and many children in your classrooms are stepping up to the plate with two strikes already against them. We use the power of sport and play to co-create reliable programming for children and youth who are most often left out. Our programs cater to self-identified girls, youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, incarcerated youth, and youth facing poverty.