MLSE athletes take a "Time Out" to build hope and a home with Habitat For Humanity Toronto



    Leafs, Raptors, Toronto FC and Marlies players, coaches support Maple
    Leaf Sports & Entertainment-house build

    TORONTO, June 21 /CNW/ - Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, owners and
operators of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto
Marlies, are on a two-week long house-build in support of Habitat for Humanity
Toronto. Today, MLSE staff was joined by an All-Star lineup from their sports
teams, including:

    - Andrew Boyens, player, Toronto FC
    - Wendel Clark, alumni, Toronto Maple Leafs
    - Bryan Colangelo, president and general manager, Toronto Raptors
    - Greg Gilbert, head coach, Toronto Marlies
    - Joey Graham, player, Toronto Raptors
    - Jeremy Williams, player, Toronto Marlies
    - Mo Johnston, head coach, Toronto FC
    - Sam Mitchell, head coach, Toronto Raptors
    - Ronnie O'Brien, player, Toronto FC
    - Darryl Sittler, alumni and hall of famer, Toronto Maple Leafs
    - Darcy Tucker, player, Toronto Maple Leafs
    - Kyle Wellwood, player Toronto Maple Leafs

    "The MLSE Habitat for Humanity Build is a great example of our company's
commitment to being leaders in our community and another opportunity that
enables our employees and teams to make a difference in the lives of others,"
said Richard Peddie, president and CEO of MLSE. "We're excited to partner with
Habitat for Humanity on this build. This initiative serves as a foundation for
a wonderful new community in Toronto that will bring hope to a local family
and a neighbourhood."
    Peddie added that each year team personnel devote thousands of personal
hours, giving their time, passion and energy to support various charitable
causes and support various Toronto communities in unique ways.
    "We are so appreciative to the players and MLSE staff for giving
themselves a 'time out' to come out and build with us. It takes guts to put
down a hockey stick, soccer ball or basketball and pick-up a hammer to show
you care about the community by helping to build a home for a family in need,"
said Habitat Toronto CEO Neil Hetherington.
    Funded by the Leafs Fund and Raptors Foundation, the MLSE-built home is
one of Habitat for Humanity Toronto's first Energy Star homes. It is part of a
19-home development, which when completed will see over 100 women, men and
children move out of poverty housing into their own simple, decent and
affordable homes.

    About Habitat for Humanity Toronto
    Habitat for Humanity Toronto is a non-profit, non-governmental,
charitable organization dedicated to the eradication of substandard housing.
Internationally, Habitat for Humanity starts construction on a new home every
21 minutes. To date, Habitat for Humanity has built over 225,000 homes in 100
countries.

    About Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
(MLSE) is a privately held corporation that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs
(NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Marlies (AHL), Toronto FC (MLS),
Air Canada Centre and two digital television channels - Leafs TV and Raptors
NBA TV. MLSE also operates and manages events at BMO Field, Ricoh Coliseum,
home of the Marlies, and General Motors Centre in Oshawa, home of the OHL's
Oshawa Generals. Being exemplary leaders in the community forms the foundation
of the company's values, and it is supported by MLSE's vision to win. Each
year MLSE staff and team players devote thousands of hours to personal
appearances in the community, donating their time and passion to many worthy
causes. These appearances are made on behalf of the teams' charitable arms and
departments which raise and disperse more than $2.5 million dollars annually
to support charitable initiatives and programs.

    About the Raptors Foundation
    The Raptors Foundation is dedicated to assisting Ontario's registered
charities that support youth programs and sports initiatives for at-risk
children. It has been the number one foundation in the National Basketball
Association (NBA) for money raised and disbursed during the past 12 years.
Through community ties and with the help of corporate partners, donors,
Raptors players and volunteers, the Raptors Foundation has successfully raised
more than $15 million since 1995 and have reached out to more than 4,500
youth-at-risk charities.

    About the Leafs Fund
    The Leafs Fund is committed to responsible community leadership by
providing children access to sports and recreation, and encouraging health and
wellness in our community. The Leafs Fund raises more than $1 million dollars
annually.





For further information:

For further information: Neil Hetherington, CEO, Habitat for Humanity
Toronto, Ph: (416) 755-7353 or (416) 436-4190, neil@torontohabitat.on.ca;
Rajani Kamath, Manager, Corporate Communications, Maple Leaf Sports &
Entertainment, Ph: (416) 815-5790

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