Press Release Toronto Blue Jays
Building off of the agreement with Little League Baseball Canada and continuing with its commitment to amateur baseball in Canada, the TORONTO BLUE JAYS have partnered with Baseball Canada on a sponsorship package for all National Programs.
The Blue Jays will now provide support to all nine National Championships across the country, throughout the summer. Included are full page advertisements in the National Championship program, Blue Jays banners on the outfield walls and sponsorship funds to assist in bringing more recognition to these great championships. Additionally, through club marketing assets, the Blue Jays will provide scores, standings, and registration information for Baseball Canada Championship tournaments over the summer.
Beyond the National Championships, the Blue Jays will host Baseball Canada’s annual Mizuno Elite Camp at Rogers Centre, with Blue Jays Coaching Staff acting as lead instructors. Support will also be provided for the Baseball Canada Coaches Education Program and all National Team Programs are to receive a generous donation from the club.
In partnership with both Little League Baseball Canada and Baseball Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays have created a public service announcement that features; Brett Lawrie, Justin Morneau, and John Axford. The video encourages children across Canada to play baseball, and will begin airing coast to coast in April.
“The Toronto Blue Jays are tremendous supporters of Baseball Canada and are bringing the development and promotion of amateur baseball in Canada to the forefront,” said Baseball Canada President Ray Carter. “From the extremely successful Blue Jays Honda Super Camps to supporting our National Championships and coach education programs, our partnership with the Blue Jays is tremendously valuable and I look forward to seeing it grow in the coming years.”
“Baseball Canada has been a tremendous partner in the past and we are very excited to see this partnership continue to grow. Our goal is to promote and support the growth of the Canadian game at all levels. We continue to develop great relationships with the provincial and local associations across the country. And with the exceptionally dedicated leadership of Ray Carter, Jim Baba and Greg Hamilton at Baseball Canada, coupled with our new partnership with Little League Canada, we could not ask for a better group to help achieve this common goal.” – Stephen Brooks, Senior Vice President, Business Operations
Baseball Canada will also join the Blue Jays and Little League Baseball Canada in presenting the Blue Jays Honda Super Camps in 2012. The 14 camps across Canada will be recognized as Blue Jays Honda Super Camps, presented by Baseball Canada and Little League Baseball Canada. Commencing in Edmonton on July 2 and stopping in every Canadian province before reaching its final destination in Toronto at Rogers Centre on August 29, the 14 camps will build on last year’s successful launch. The camps include instruction from Blue Jays alumni and Baseball Canada instructors, for more information go to bluejays.com/camps.
Below is a list of all nine National Championships.
•Baseball Canada Cup (17 & under All-Stars): August 8-13, 2012 London, ON
•National Pee-Wee Atlantic (13 & under): September 6-10, 2012 St. John’s, NL
•National Pee-Wee Western (13 & under): August 23-27, 2012 Saskatoon, SK
•Bantam Boys (15 & under): August 23-27, 2012 Vaughan, ON
•Bantam Girls International Invitational (16 & under): August 23-27, 2012 Hammonds Plains, NS
•Midget (18 & under): August 16-20, 2012 Québec City, QC
•Junior (21 & under): August 16-20, 2012 Trois-Riviéres, QC
•Senior Men (open age group): August 23-27, 2012 Prince George, BC
•Senior Women Invitational (open age group): July 25-28, 2012 Spruce Grove, AB