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Grants available to host Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Games
TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Playing for Keeps, a collective of
organizations, is challenging Torontonians to get out in their
neighbourhoods and organize fun activities -- sports, arts, music or
food - that bring families and neighbours together this Family Day
weekend. Residents can apply for a micro-grant of up to $50 for
expenses related to staging a Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Game in
their community. The grant application and guidelines are available
online at www.playingforkeeps.ca or can be picked up from a Community Hub listed below. A limited number
of grants are available.
Playing for Keeps is a social innovation developed by a group of more
than 35 organizations including the Toronto Community Foundation, Heart
& Stroke Foundation, University of Toronto, George Brown College, and
YMCA of Greater Toronto. Launched during the 2012 Ontario Summer Games
(OSG), the concept of Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Games was created
to address the impact of trends showing a steady decline in sense of
belonging and activity levels across the city.
"Toronto is sound and safe, but we're also still struggling with
challenges vital to our well-being," said Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President
& CEO, Toronto Community Foundation. "There's a reason our parents told
us 'get outside and play' as kids. It's the way we created our first
social networks, built trust and leadership, and stayed healthy. We
hope Torontonians, across generations and cultures, will use the power
of play as a way to build healthier, more active and better connected
communities. It's one way we can strengthen Toronto's vital signs
Residents are asked to share videos of their Neighbourhood Games at www.playingforkeeps.ca. An interactive "Games Map" currently features games that have been
taking place since August. Residents can also learn from the
experiences of trained Games Ambassadors through the Playing for Keeps Facebook and Twitter pages.
"I have a vision of Cedarvale ravine being transformed by snowmen lining
the walkway, and mushrooming into the fields. I see it as a great way
to bring together people living on both sides of the ravine to interact
and engage in a fun and healthy event," said Debra Kirkegaard organizer
of "Let It Snow, Man!" Kirkegaard's Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood
Game will take place on February 17, weather permitting.
In addition to being named a key legacy of the OSG, Playing for Keeps is
participating in IGNITE, a TO2015's program designed to promote sports,
physical activity, healthy living, recreation and/or art and culture
leading up to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Community Hubs offering micro-grant support
CultureLink Settlement Services (2340 Dundas St. W., Suite 301, Toronto,
ON M6P 4A9. View map.)
The 519 Church Street Community Services (519 Church St., Toronto, ON
M4Y 2C9. View map.)
North York Community House (1541 Jane St., Toronto, ON M9N 2R3. View map.)
East Scarborough Storefront (4040 Lawrence Ave. East, Toronto, ON M1E
2R2. View map.). (For residents of Kingston/Galloway Orton Park neighbourhood.)
About Playing for Keeps
Playing for Keeps is about people and neighbourhoods developing
healthier, more active, and better connected communities through play!
Over 35 organizations and 600 people from Ajax, Toronto, and Hamilton
helped to develop this social legacy initiative. For more information,
please visit www.playingforkeeps.ca.
About Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Games
Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Games are locally organized, playful and
joyful activities that bring people - neighbours, co-workers, friends
and/or family - and even strangers - together to share a positive
experience, have fun and play. Neighbourhood Games cover a full range
of activities such as sports, arts, music and food.
Video with caption: "Video: Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Games are locally organized, playful and joyful activities that bring people - neighbours, co-workers, friends and/or family - and yes, even strangers - together to share an experience, have fun and play.". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scGZlEwm0wQ&feature=youtu.be
Image with caption: "Umar Khan leads the way through a maze of hula hoops at the corner of King and Bay streets at a game demonstration to launch Playing for Keeps last summer. Khan, a newcomer to the city, is now a Playing for Keeps Volunteer Ambassador. (CNW Group/Toronto Community Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130213_C5035_PHOTO_EN_23660.jpg
Image with caption: "Narin (Janet) Khazaei (left) joins fellow Playing for Keeps trained Volunteer Ambassadors for a hula hoop game demonstration at the corner of King and Bay Streets to mark the launch of Playing for Keeps last summer. (CNW Group/Toronto Community Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130213_C5035_PHOTO_EN_23661.jpg
SOURCE: Toronto Community Foundation
For further information:
Manager, Media Relations & Communications
Toronto Community Foundation
(O) 416-921-2035 ext. 218