TORONTO -- The Blue Jays unveiled a new charitable initiative earlier this week, showing off the Jays Care Community Clubhouse at Rogers Centre. The luxury suite will host thousands of underprivileged children and their parents each season.
On Monday, the Blue Jays held a ceremony that was attended by Toronto players John McDonald, Travis Snider and John Buck. Prior to a game against the Yankees, they signed autographs and spent time with a group of children getting their first look at the revamped suite.
Each season, the Blue Jays will bring more than 3,000 children and their families to ballgames, using the Community Clubhouse. For the opening ceremony, Toronto hosted a group of children from both the SickKids and Jays Care Rookie League programs.
The Jays Care Community Clubhouse was built as a fun and interactive environment for the groups that will be brought to the ballpark throughout the upcoming seasons. The suite features personal mementos and childhood photos from the 2010 Blue Jays players, as well as a Nintendo Wii baseball game and a healthy-option menu, among other things.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.