Toronto schools to benefit from Toronto FC'S 'friendly' gesture



    TORONTO, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - Temporary becomes permanent as Toronto FC's
natural grass surface, installed for the team's friendly with Real Madrid,
will be donated to three Toronto-area schools.
    Following Friday's match at BMO Field, the natural grass will be used to
re-sod soccer pitches at Keele St. Junior Public School, Harbord Collegiate
Institute and Morrish Public School.
    "A considerable investment was made to install a natural grass surface
for this single friendly event," said Paul Beirne, senior director of business
operations for Toronto FC. "By donating the sod to three deserving schools,
Toronto FC leaves a lasting legacy for the next generation. Trustee Shaun Chen
at Toronto District School Board was instrumental in helping us get this
done."
    Toronto FC invested approximately $250,000 for the single-use
installation.
    Later this fall Toronto FC players will pay a visit to one of the schools
to officially open the new-look field.
    The Toronto FC versus Real Madrid friendly takes place Friday, August 7
at BMO Field. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m.




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For further information: Media Contact: Rajani Kamath, Maple Leaf Sports
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