Team up with the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays to launch award-winning sport for development programs in your community!
Jays Care Foundation is looking for teammates as we build a roster of dedicated community partners across Canada who are committed to making a meaningful impact in children’s lives. It's easy to become a Jays Care Community Partner:
- Identify 1-2 reliable staff or volunteers to take on the role of coach for the program
- Join us for a virtual training session
- Find at least 10 participants interested in participating in introductory softball/baseball programming
- Commit to at least 2 hours of programming per week for 8 weeks
As a Jays Care Community Partner, we’ll send you a specialized equipment kit, Blue Jays t-shirts and hats for your participants, a best-in-class program manual, and we’ll be there to support you every step of the way. It’s really that easy!
We offer a range of options for community-based organizations to choose from so they can offer a wide range of options to children, youth and families. Explore our programs below to find out which program(s) is best for your organization.
Our award-winning Community Partner programs are catered towards children and youth facing barriers, including, but not limited to, girls, individuals living with physical or cognitive disabilities, Indigenous youth and youth facing significant barriers to participation.
Challenger Baseball: Challenger Baseball is an adaptive baseball or softball program designed with a disability-centered approach to empower individuals living with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. This adaptive program is ideal for organizations that are motivated to create introductory sport programs specifically tailored to the needs, strengths and hopes of individuals living with disabilities. In this program, baseball or softball is 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 community-based organizations 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 successes and achievements, and advocate for their right to equal opportunity. The Play Ball program brings Indigenous youth together using the power of baseball and softball to encourage connection and love of sport. The design and delivery of the program is centred on Indigenous children, their needs, their strengths and their vision for their future.
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. 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 2021, Jays Care Foundation supported:
- 2,900+ educators and front-line workers through free virtual training workshops and resources
- 50,600+ children to access dynamic virtual and in-person programming
- 488 Schools, 86 Indigenous community partners, 58 BGC Clubs, and 34 Newcomer organizations
FEEDBACK FROM COMMUNITY PARTNERS:
“Having Jays Care as a partner has been so beneficial in running our first girls centred program. It’s given the girls a boost of self-esteem and formed many friendships. This is the first of many girl-centred programs and we hope to continue forming those bonds in the future.” – Girls At Bat Community Partner
“It’s so great that we finally have something just for girls in our community. I’ve seen Jays Care programs before in the big cities, but to have one of their programs out here in our small Indigenous community is just amazing!” –Girls At Bat Community Member
“This was the first time Saamis ran a girls’ only sports program for our newcomer clients. Not only that, but this was also one of our most attended programs (very minimal absences). All participants were eager to come to the practices, and when they were online, we went overtime in almost all sessions as we were having too much fun.” – Girls At Bat Community Partner
“Challenger Baseball was the most anticipated program of all camp weeks. All participants were always super excited to participate, and we had the highest level of engagement. Participants were able to become more confident in participating each week due to the structure of the program and variation of activities we could implement to work on specific skills.” - Challenger Baseball Community Partner
“Challenger Baseball has taught me to think outside of the box when it comes to adapting to all needs. The tools and skills I have learned have not only helped me to be a better baseball coach, but also a better facilitator. When EVERYONE can get involved in the game, that is truly a success” - Challenger Baseball Community Partner
“During this pandemic with all the added stresses and concerns and the impacts on mental health, the Jays Care’s programs brought our community unity, new friendships and introduced the sport of softball in a fun way. The physical activity in sport has shown positivity, growth, and taught the children to actively engage with one another” – Rookie League Community Partner
“We have been given the opportunity to use baseball as a conduit to connect and build a sense of belonging and confidence for our participants. Players and families from all ethnicities and backgrounds are equally welcomed into the league. All are greeted by staff and volunteers who value them and genuinely interact and collaborate. We are fortunate to have this chance and grateful for the ongoing support from Jays Care.” – Indigenous Play Ball Community Partner
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 community organizations across Canada are facing many challenges this year and many children in your communities are stepping up to the plate with two strikes already against them. We use the power of sport and play to create reliable programming for children and youth who are most often left out. Our programs cater to self-identified girls, individuals with disabilities, Indigenous youth, and youth living in poverty.