Congratulations to the 2014 MLSE Team Up Fund recipients!
Urban Squash Toronto
Founded in 2010, Urban Squash Toronto strives to future success of Toronto’s currently underserved youth. Offering an intense after-school education program with concentrated squash training, Urban Squash helps motivated and talented students reach their full academic, athletic and personal potentials. Their project, UST: Squashing Stereotypes, reaches out to the Jane & Finch area by providing alternate after-school options that are positive and healthy. UST offers safe transportation to and from the National Squash Academy, cognitively assesses each student and provides them personalized learning plans that improve their academic performance in hopes of increasing high school graduation rates and entry into post-secondary education.
Toronto Lords Community Association
The Toronto Lords Community Association believes that all kids - regardless of financial situation - should have access to the best coaching, facilities and training. Formed in 1995, the Toronto Lords has grown from a small house league to an organization who impacts over 400 youth each year through its athletic programs. Alongside athletics, a core goal is to enable young men and women in the downtown core to succeed in school. With free tutoring and mentoring programs, the Toronto Lords provide scholarships to graduating players, with over 25 scholarships totaling over $35,000 granted out to graduates and an additional $20,000 held in trust for players currently in the program.
Autism Ontario York Region Chapter
Founded in 1987 by a group of dedicated parent volunteers, Autism Ontario York Region Chapter works to ensure that each individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder is given the means to achieve quality of life as respected members of society. Their project, AOK Camp, provides valuable day camp experiences for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are unable to attend other community camps due to the support they require. AOK Camp works hard to subsidize family’s fees who already shoulder the high costs of therapy, education and support workers. AOK Camp ensures that campers participate in various active programs in the hope of decreasing anxieties to promote a healthy active lifestyle.
Pathways to Education
Founded in 2001, Pathways to Education is a charitable organization that helps youth in low-income communities graduate high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education or training. Specifically, Pathways’ project Mentoring Through Sports uses sport and recreational activities as vehicles to improve concentration, increase confidence and help students build strong relationships with their peers. The project’s group mentoring component works to broaden students’ interests, promote the development of personal identity, and provide a positive sense of belonging.
Help us give back to your community!
The MLSE Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With the support of all four MLSE teams – the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies – the Foundation funds the refurbishment of local athletic facilities and programs that support kids through sports and recreation. Since launching in December 2009, the MLSE Foundation has invested more than $9.5 million into our community.
What is the Team Up Fund?
It is an online competition for charitable organizations in Ontario in need of funding for a youth related recreational program or capital project.
Since 2012 we have awarded TEN grants, totalling $400,000, to support youth related recreational or capital projects!
Check out previous winners under the PAST WINNERS tab.
This year we will be awarding FOUR grants, totalling $200,000 with each grant being $50,000. All FOUR grants will be open to capital and/or programming projects.
This year, the competition is back with a new and exciting component. In addition to funding, this year’s grant recipients will have an opportunity to participate in a workshop in summer 2014. The workshop will include speakers from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and will provide value to the charitable organizations in areas such as Marketing, Sponsorship, Communication and more. Stay tuned for more details.
Are you eligible?
To enter a Project Proposal to the Team Up Fund, we need you and your organization to meet the following requirements to be eligible for consideration:
- Your organization must be a charitable organization that is registered as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency
- You must be an employee at the registered charitable organization associated with the project proposal
- The charitable organization associated with the project proposal must be located in Ontario and must serve children in Ontario
- The project must provide or support sports and recreational based programming for youth in Ontario and/or have a recreational facility that requires refurbishment in Ontario
- The grant must be spent within three years of receiving it
- You must be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada
- You must have approval by a parent or guardian if under the age of 18
FOR FULL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, PLEASE CLICK HERE
The Team Up Fund will open up for public voting on March 3, 2014 (12:00am ET). Charitable organizations are encouraged to engage their supporters and spread the word about their project.
- Please note that the contest is running on a 24 hour clock from 12:00am ET to 11:59pm ET, therefore the first round of public voting will open at 12:00am ET on March 3, 2014 and close at 11:59pm ET on March 21, 2014.
Voters will be permitted to submit one vote per day.
- For example, voters will be able to submit one vote between 12:00am ET and 11:59pm ET on March 3, 2014.
- The Top FOUR projects, who have received the most votes will receive one $50,000 grant.
- The Team Up Fund 2014 recipients will be announced on April 1, 2014 at the Toronto Maple Leafs game.
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** Please direct all questions regarding the Team Up Fund to MLSEFoundation@MLSE.com Phone call inquiries will not be accepted.