The ultimate baseball experience begins on Wednesday, July 24th for approximately 250 participants at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Kids aged 9-16 will be learning their skills and techniques from former Toronto Blue Jays alumni and former Major League players such as Santos Alomar Sr., Jesse Barfield, Frank Catalanotto, Cecil Fielder, Juan Guzman, Candy Maldonado, Pat Tabler, Otto Velez, Duane Ward & Devon White. Each participant will receive a Blue Jays photo card supplied by Honda Canada, a hat, t-shirt, instructional manual along with a leather pro model Roberto Alomar Series baseball glove. Two local Honda dealers and staff will also be on hand to serve lunch to all Super Camp participants and distribute various mementos to each child.
Jays Care Foundation believes every child deserves the chance to get involved in organized sport. In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada and Toronto Community Housing, Jays Care subsidizes registration fees for Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie Leaguers in each of the Honda Super Camps to help remove financial barriers to participation. Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League is entering its 25th season and will reach more than 5,000 children and youth across Canada. During each Super Camp, a representative from the local Boys & Girls Club will be presented with a dedicated bat for the Club on behalf of the Blue Jays Baseball Academy.
Major League Baseball and Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig named the Toronto Blue Jays as the 2012 recipient of the Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence, which was created in 2010 to annually recognize an extraordinary charitable and philanthropic effort of an MLB Club. The Blue Jays were honored this January for the "Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy," a series of initiatives to help support youth across Canada and provide them with opportunities on and off the field of play. The Jays Care Foundation, the official charity of the Toronto Blue Jays, will receive a $10,000 grant from Major League Baseball as part of this recognition.
In 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays, through Jays Care Foundation, are working towards investing more than $2 million in Canadian communities. With the help of loyal donors, sponsors, partners and Blue Jays fans, Jays Care anticipates supporting 35,000 kids across Canada.