2018 was an incredible season with lots to celebrate and we are proud to reflect on our most impactful year ever. Check out some highlights of the past season that would not have been possible without the incredible support of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
If you build it, the girls will come
We held our first-ever Girls At Bat All-Star game at the Van Boekel family farm just outside Kitchener, Ontario which was modelled after the iconic diamond from the movie Field Of Dreams. The Girls At Bat program is currently reaching over 400 girls in 13 Canadian communities.
MLB Play Ball Clinic in Vancouver
Challenger Baseball athletes from the Vancouver area joined Jays Care, Baseball BC, Baseball Canada and MLB for an adaptive Play Ball clinic. This was the first-ever MLB Play Ball clinic specifically for kids living with disabilities and was held at Hillcrest Park -- the site of a 2016 Jays Care Field Of Dreams investment.
Celebrating baseball across British Columbia
We travelled across British Columbia ahead of this year's Blue Jays-Mariners series in Seattle and celebrated over $1 million invested in Field Of Dreams infrastructure across the province.
Bringing the Big Leagues to Bolton, Ontario
We brought the big league experience to Bolton, Ontario, for our first Blue Jays Game Takeover in front of 900 local fans who took in a Challenger Baseball game between Caledon and Brampton.
The Challenger Baseball National Jamboree
We hosted the Challenger Baseball National Jamboree at Rogers Centre with 150 athletes from across Canada. This is an annual celebration for the program which grew to reach 4,000 athletes across Canada this past season!
30 Seasons of Rookie League in Toronto
We kicked off the 30th season of Rookie League in Toronto with a day of fun at East Point Park with 1,200 kids alongside Curtis Granderson, Randal Grichuk and Joe Biagini.
Rookie League with the Kenora Chiefs Advisory
We kicked off KCA Rookie League for the 2018 season as eight Treaty 3 First Nations were brought together through this inter-community baseball league.
National Indigenous People's Day
We travelled to Whitehorse, Yukon, to host a Field Of Dreams Opening and tournament for the recently-launched Yukon Rookie League program. In the spirit of reconciliation and unity, we exchanged dirt with Yukon Rookie Leaguers and four standout leaders in the program travelled to Toronto to sprinkle dirt at home plate during National Indigenous People's Day celebrations at Rogers Centre.
Unstoppable Kids at the Curve Ball
We hosted the 2018 Curve Ball Gala at Rogers Centre where 1,500 guests, the entire Blue Jays roster and 10 Unstoppable Kids joined together for a night of celebration raising over $1.5 million supporting Jays Care.
Capping off our first season of RBI at Christie Pits
We launched our Jays Care RBI (Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities) program in partnership with MLB and celebrated a great first season with a seven-team tournament at Christie Pits.
Investing in Toronto's baseball history
We celebrated the opening of our Field Of Dreams investment in Christie Pits where $150,000 of funding supported the instillation of new lighting at one of Toronto's most historic parks.
Growing the Game
We announced over $1.4 million in Field Of Dreams investments live on Sportsnet's Blue Jays Central. Sixteen communities across the country were awarded funding and watch parties were held in several Canadian communities who received Field Of Dreams grants.
Roy Halladay touched the lives of countless Canadian children and youth during his time in Toronto. We honoured his legacy with a permanent tribute to his impact and philanthropic efforts in our Jays Care Community Clubhouse.
Launch of Unstoppable Kids
On Opening Day, we launched our Unstoppable Kids campaign celebrating stories of strength and resilience featuring kids in Jays Care programs from coast to coast to coast.