Pioneer Sam Pollock memorialized through Jays Care Foundation

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - In 2000, the Jays Care Foundation partnered with
the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department to fund the
FIELD OF DREAMS program, a $1 million dollar commitment over seven years aimed
at restoring and upgrading baseball and softball fields throughout areas in
need around Toronto. Sam Pollock, past Vice-Chairman of the Jays Care
Foundation, was a driving force behind this initiative.
    Tonight, we are pleased to officially unveil the SAM POLLOCK MEMORIAL
BASEBALL DIAMOND dedicated in honour of the Canadian sport legend and past
Chairman and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays. His name will be proudly displayed
on the No. 1 field at Riverdale Park. This was one of the first diamonds to be
renovated through the Field of Dreams program and is used every summer for the
Jays Care Foundation Rookie League Program - a partnership with Toronto
Community Housing that provides baseball instruction and life-skill
development to over 400 children from TCH each summer.
    Sam Pollock, Jr., his sister Rachel and their families, along with
Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28) and members of the Jays Care Foundation
Board of Directors will be on hand for a pregame ceremony marking the
    In the final year of this commitment, the Jays Care Foundation, in
partnership with the City of Toronto, undertook the renovation of Ravina
Gardens, Pelmo Park and Rexlington Park.
    The JAYS CARE FOUNDATION is working to ensure that children in need have
the opportunity to make positive choices in life by providing programs that
support physical activity, education and life-skill development.

    Information about Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation

    In addition to being responsible for the stewardship of 7,393 hectares of
green space and 1,473 named parks, City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and
Recreation provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all
ages and abilities. The Division strives to ensure all Torontonians enjoy
active, healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure
and recreation programs, services and facilities, provided in partnership with
the community.

For further information:

For further information: Toronto Blue Jays Communications Department,
(416) 341-1302/03; Parks, Forestry and Recreation, (416) 560-8726 (media

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