MLSE Foundation Launches Program to Provide Greater Toronto Area Youth with Better Access to Sport
The MLSE Foundation has partnered with BMO Financial Group to launch the KickStart program.
In partnership with Toronto FC and Toronto Community Housing, the KickStart program trains coaches, provides employment opportunities and introduces children aged 8 to 14 to football with a focus on the development of fundamental skills.
“BMO has been one of our amazing partners and it’s more than a program sponsorship – it’s a commitment to supporting young people in these difficult times,” said Tanya Mruck, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation and MLSE LaunchPad, in a statement Friday.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the young people we serve, but thanks to KickStart, we are able to provide employment opportunities, encourage physical activity and keep people connected . This is only possible with the generous support of companies like BMO.
The five-week program provides 170 youth with access to sport at nine community sites in the Greater Toronto Area.
“We are extremely proud of our long-standing partnership with Toronto FC and the MLSE Foundation,” said Catherine Roche, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Social Impact Officer, BMO Financial Group.
Roche added, “In line with BMO’s goal-oriented commitment to boldly grow good in business and in life, through programs like KickStart, we support youth access to sport and have a positive impact in our communities.
To get involved, see MLSE Foundation website.