Jays Care homers with Grand Slam Grants

Jays Care homers with Grand Slam Grants

TORONTO -- The Jays Care Foundation announced on Wednesday that it will be donating $520,837 through its Grand Slam Grants Program.

The influx of money will provide funding to 13 charitable organizations to aid children in areas of physical activity, education and life-skill development.

"We have focused our community investment efforts on providing opportunities for children and youth in education, physical activity and life-skill development, where possible, through the great sport of baseball," Jays Care Foundation executive director Danielle Bedasse said.

"We are pleased to have such tremendous partners in all of our Grand Slam Grant recipient charities. Through our grants, legacy initiatives and program partnerships, Jays Care served more than 17,000 children and youth across the country in 2011 alone."

Last year, Jays Care contributed more than $1.4 million through the Grand Slam Grants, Field of Dreams, Home Run Scholars and Rookie League. Representatives from each of those partner organizations will be honored at the Blue Jays game on Thursday night against Tampa Bay.