Teaming With MLSE Foundation to Deliver Sports Clinics for Indigenous Youth
Earlier this month, we were excited to welcome MLSE Foundation to deliver sport development opportunities in partnership with two Indigenous communities in Canada. These activations were the second in a five-year partnership with MLSE Foundation that focuses on empowering youth through the power of sport. In both clinics, youth of all genders were encouraged to participate fully to build their physical literacy and sport specific skills, as well as learn teamwork skills and the importance of gender equity in sport.
On October 4th, Toronto Raptors Basketball Development Coaches were welcomed onto the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixwat)- a Right To Play partner community in British Colombia. Over 75 youth participated in this high-energy basketball skills and drills throughout the day, and had a chance to shoot hoops with The Raptor!
Then, from October 13-15th, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Right To Play partnered to deliver a series of sport development clinics in Aamjiwnaang First Nation. The weekend opened with a blessing from Elder Pauline Williams, followed by a gifting ceremony between Chief Chris Plain and Toronto Maple Leafs’ Alumni, and current Director of Culture & Inclusion, Mark Fraser. Aamjiwnaang youth honed their hockey skills with Alumni Al Iafrate and Todd Warriner, with more than 100 community members engaged throughout the weekend’s programming. The activation culminated in a ball hockey tournament where youth had the opportunity to showcase their new skills.
We’re so grateful for our partnership with MLSE Foundation that helps deliver sustainable, transformative, and fun opportunities like these for Indigenous children and youth!