East Nepean to host 2020 Major Ontario Championship
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East Nepean Eagles to Host the 2020 Major Ontario Little League Championship

BARRHAVEN, Thursday, June 13th, 2019 - The kids of Summer are headed to Ottawa as East Nepean Little League has been chosen to host the Major Ontario Little League Championship in July 2020.

Teams representing all eight Ontario Little League districts will travel to Eagles Nest in Barrhaven, home of the East Nepean Eagles, to compete for the opportunity to represent Ontario at the Canadian Little League Championship in Victoria, BC.

East Nepean Little League President Bruce Campbell knows the significance of hosting this sought after event. "The Major provincial tournament is special. It's special for the athletes, their family's and for the city of Ottawa. This tournament is the chance for 11 and 12-year-old players to get one step closer to living out the dream of representing Canada at the Little League World Series. Every at-bat, ground ball, pitch and fly ball are important steps towards winning" Campbell says. "We are honoured to host the players who train for this and for their families who commit to supporting them along the way."

Barrhaven Councillor Jan Harder said "Barrhaven is excited indeed that East Nepean will host the 2020 Major Little League Ontario Championship. Our community of over 90,000 residents and 500 businesses look forward to welcoming the players and their families". Jan Harder noted that "With new hotels under construction, 3 major recreation centres, close by Ottawa's International Airport, with our very own VIA Rail station and on Hwy 416 there is nothing we aren't close to! Ottawa is a beautiful city and as we like to say it's every Canadians second hometown. See you soon!"

Winning this bid not only shines a spotlight on both the community and organization but also reflects the passion and commitment of the volunteers, a hallmark of East Nepean Little League's success throughout the last 63 years in Ottawa.

With just over a year until opening pitch, the hopeful players, families, coaches and community are already working towards making the tournament a home run for all.

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Jay Care Foundation - Field of Dream Annoucment

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TORONTO, ONTARIO
APRIL 14, 2019

JAYS CARE INVESTS MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION IN COMMUNITY BASEBALL INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS CANADA

As announced on Blue Jays Central today, JAYS CARE FOUNDATION, the charitable arm of the TORONTO BLUE JAYS, will make an infrastructure investment of $1.3 million to benefit Canadian children and youth through its Field Of Dreams program.

Fifteen organizations located across five provinces and one territory will receive funding to build, enhance, and refurbish baseball diamonds where children and youth can develop important life skills and learn from positive role models. In the last five years, Jays Care has committed nearly $8 million to 66 infrastructure projects across Canada.

"We are very impressed with the diverse group of organizations receiving funding through our Jays Care Field Of Dreams grants this year," said Robert Witchel, Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation. "With recipients spanning the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific to Baffin Bay in the Arctic Circle, these investments move us one step closer to our goal of a level playing field for all Canadian children and youth."

The following communities and organizations have been selected as Jays Care's 2019 Field Of Dreams grant recipients:

  1. Abbotsford, BC - Abbotsford Angels Hardball Association
  2. Abegweit First Nation, PEI - Abegweit Mi'kmaw Nation
  3. Assiginack, ON - Township of Assiginack
  4. Chelsea, QC - Municipality of Chelsea
  5. Guelph, ON - Ponsonby Recreation Club Inc.
  6. Ituna, SK - Ituna & District Regional Park
  7. Kahnawake, QC - Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
  8. Lac-M├ęgantic, QC - Association de Baseball Mineur de Lac-M├ęgantic
  9. Langley, BC - Langley Blaze Baseball Association
  10. Moose Cree First Nation, ON - Moose Cree First Nation
  11. Ottawa, ON - East Nepean Baseball Association
  12. Pond Inlet, NU - Recreation Department of Pond Inlet
  13. Quinte West, ON - Quinte Challenger Baseball
  14. Swift Current, SK - Swift Current Minor Baseball
  15. Toronto, ON - Bloordale Baseball League

About Jays Care Foundation

Used intentionally, baseball has the power to create lasting social change for children and youth. That is why we help kids get involved in the game, build safe spaces in which they can play, and work with like-minded organizations to design and lead comprehensive programs that address the needs of marginalized children and youth across Canada. Jays Care Foundation has been recognized with the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy (2014), the Beyond Sport Sports Team of the Year Award (2013), and the MLB Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence (2012).