Jays Care Foundation Invest in the Hamlet of Pond Inlet

RPAN is excited to share an announcement made yesterday by the Jays Care Foundation…announcing the Hamlet of Pond Inlet as the recipient of $150,000 grant to rebuild the community ball field, through the Field of Dreams Program…this is inclusive of protective coverings and maintenance.

Pond Inlet is the only community in the three northern territories to receive one of the fifteen grants, totaling $1.3 million dollars. ” 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.”

The Jays Care Foundation has been a significant partner in the Get Happy Summer Day Camp program for three years. The Hamlet of Pond Inlet has been in the program for five years!

Congratulations Hamlet of Pond Inlet! Thank you Jays Care Foundation!

“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-Mégantic, QC – Association de Baseball Mineur de Lac-Mégantic

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).


For more information, visit jayscare.com, follow @JaysCare on Twitter and Instagram, ‘like’ Jays Care on Facebook or call 416.341.1456.

Media Contact

Ben Sibley, Ben.Sibley@bluejays.com, 416.341.1169

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