New facilities provide greater accessibility for children and youth with disabilities and special needs
MISSISSAUGA, ON, August 7, 2015 — The Jays Care Foundation, the Erindale Lions Little League and ErinoakKids, the province’s largest children’s treatment and rehabilitation centre, today unveiled an upgraded baseball facility that provides greater accessibility for children and youth with disabilities and special needs.
“ErinoakKids is thrilled today to join with our partners to celebrate improvements in accessibility for children and youth with disabilities,” said ErinoakKids President and CEO Bridget Fewtrell. “By allowing our children to enjoy the full benefits of baseball, they are building self-esteem and learning to grow and stretch beyond their limits to set goals and achieve them.”
The new facility, located at Springfield Park in Mississauga, is home to the ErinoakKids Eagles and the site of ErinoakKids’ baseball program, which provides opportunities for children with disabilities and special needs to develop their physical and social skills. This year alone, an estimated 40 clients will benefit from the program.
Upgrades to the facility, made possible in part by a $43,690 investment from Jays Care Foundation to the Erindale Lions Little League, include replacement of backstop fencing on two diamonds, the enlargement of dugouts to allow wheelchair access, and the enlargement of one diamond to facilitate challenger baseball, t-ball and Jays Care Foundation’s Rookie League program.
To date, Jays Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays, has invested more than $5 million across Canada towards funding construction and/or refurbishment of 54 spaces, including 27 baseball diamonds; combined with other granting efforts, Jays Care’s investment in Canadian communities is more than $10.8 million.
“Jays Care is proud to invest in the development of baseball programming, including accessible baseball, across Canada,” said Robert Witchel, Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation. “In 2015 alone, we will celebrate the opening of three accessible baseball facilities we have invested in, totaling $343,000. With the upgrades to the facilities at Springfield Park, an additional 120 youth, including physically and developmentally challenged children and youth, will be provided the opportunity to learn the valuable life lessons taught through sport and learned on the baseball field.”
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre, serving more than 15,000 children and youth annually who have physical and developmental disabilities, autism, communication disorders, blindness/low vision and hearing loss. Our mission is to help our clients achieve optimal levels of independence, learning, health and well-being. Serving Halton, Peel, Dufferin — and, for some services, Waterloo and Wellington — ErinoakKids has approximately 650 staff and 11 sites from which we provide a comprehensive array of assessment, medical, therapy and support services that help children and their families. For more information about ErinoakKids please visit www.ErinoakKids.ca.
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