On Saturday May 19th fans attending the Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Mets game at Rogers Centre are encouraged to support the Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League program and participate in the Jays Care Foundation Rookie League Equipment Drive. Fans can participate in the Equipment Drive by dropping off new and gently-used equipment prior to the game when entering Rogers Centre or by visiting bluejays.com/rookieleague to make a monetary donation.
Rookie League, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada and Toronto Community Housing, operates in 16 cities and 10 provinces serving thousands of kids across Canada. The Toronto program is entering its 24th season and will be serving 900 children and youth from 40 different communities. Blue Jays players Sergio Santos, Rajai Davis, J.P. Arencibia and Ricky Romero serve as Honorary Division Captains and John Farrell as Honorary Coach.
“As Canada’s only Major League Baseball team, we are excited to take Rookie League across the country and teach kids the importance of healthy, active living, while helping them develop the life skills associated with playing sports and being part of a team,” said Danielle Bedasse, Executive Director of Jays Care Foundation. “The Blue Jays are thrilled to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada and provide opportunities for kids to play from coast to coast.”
Alongside the Rookie League Equipment Drive, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, will provide a grant of $5,000 to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, for the purchase of new equipment, in the name of starting pitcher Ricky Romero.
“As we celebrate the eighth season of the MLB/BTF Equipment Collection Day initiative, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund would like to thank the Toronto Blue Jays for their continued support,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.