For more than two decades, the Blue Jays and Jays Care have worked to create a level playing field for children and youth across Canada. In 2020, the club and foundation are investing $7.5 million to support Canadian families in underserved communities as part of the Blue Jays Community Commitment.
Though COVID-19 has impacted all Canadians, it has disproportionately affected those already facing significant barriers in their everyday lives. With our communities needing our support now more than ever, the Blue Jays are committed to meaningful action to support a more just and equitable Canada
Jays Care’s $7.5 million investment in 2020 will support families in underserved communities across the country and benefit four key areas: virtual programming, adaptive home baseball kits, providing meals and building baseball infrastructure.
Enabling virtual programming for thousands of kids across the country, when so many other programs have been forced to cancel in-person programs:
- Virtual Summer Camp with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
- Virtual Toronto Community Housing Rookie League
- Virtual Indigenous Rookie League
Distributing over 1,000 adaptive home baseball kits to help kids enrolled in Challenger Baseball stay active this summer and fill programming gaps for the families of kids living with disabilities.
Supporting food security for families living in Toronto Community Housing, and in partnership with Rogers, temporarily transforming Rogers Centre into a food distribution site to pack and ship millions of meals to food banks across the country.
Investing $1.1 million to build or refurbish 13 baseball diamonds in communities across the country. These diamonds will provide spaces for communities to reconnect once it is deemed safe to do so.