Celebrating 20 Years of Raising Funds for Children and Youth Charities
April 2, 2016
Now in its 20th year, the 2014 Bay Street Hoops charity basketball tournament supports Special Olympics Ontario and KidSport Ontario to make sports more accessible to children and youth in Toronto.
Toronto, April 2, 2014 – In a few days, we will find out whether Bay Street got game. Close to 50 teams divided into six men’s divisions and one women’s division representing all skill levels will take to the courts in a five-on-five, round-robin tournament. With over 600 players from Toronto’s leading law and accounting firms, financial services companies and other corporations, as well as hundreds of spectators and volunteers, it’s one of Toronto’s largest charity sports events. Having raised close to $2.3 million, this year’s fundraising goal is $160,000.
When: Thursday, April 3 until Saturday, April 5, 2014
Where: University of Toronto Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord Street
Schedule: Teams compete on Thursday and Friday evenings (6:30-10:30 p.m.), and Saturday morning (starting at 9:30 a.m.) in a three-game, full court, five-on-five, round-robin format, with experienced referees. The finals take place on Saturday afternoon.
- A Kids’ Basketball Clinic (Saturday, 1:00 p.m.): This free clinic teaches kids, 12 years of age and under, the basics of basketball and is led by an experienced children’s basketball instructor.
- A Three-Point Shoot-Out: Each team can send one player to a three-point shooting contest and win great prizes for their whole team (Saturday, 1:00 p.m.).
- Post-Game Party and Charity Auction: The Post-Game Party for all players, sponsors, and volunteers, takes place on Saturday, April 5, at the Turf Lounge at 330 Bay Street. It’s free for players, and guests can purchase tickets for $20 at the UofT Student Lounge or at the door. The post-game party runs from 6 p.m. to midnight and features dinner, the presentation of our champion teams, the Final Four games on multiple screens and charity auctions.
About the charities:
Special Olympics Ontario
Special Olympics Ontario is part of a dynamic worldwide charitable organization dedicated to promoting a more active and better quality of life for people who have an intellectual disability, through their involvement in sport. It provides a chance for our over 18,000 athletes in Ontario with an intellectual disability to learn new skills, be active and engaged in their communities through sport.
The KidSport mission is simple: to help overcome the financial barriers that exist in families so that all kids have the opportunity to participate in organized sports and experience the benefits of active living. This is accomplished by providing financial support for registration fees and/or equipment grants that go directly to families, helping keep sport accessible for all. Participation in the Bay Street Hoops tournament will enable hundreds of children across Toronto to be introduced to and play the sports they love.
For more information, please visit: www.baystreethoops.com
416-944-2627 ext. 284,