Their Opportunity is proud to introduce the very first “Hear My Voice”: Equality in the Community Edition. In collaboration with MLSE Foundation (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) this virtual 4-week program will be hosted by some serious athletes and public figures (Carmelina Moscato, Greg Morris & others) & offered to youth ages 14-19.
Each week participants will gain access to an episode of round table discussion by Durham youth as well the athletes with the goal to engage participants in meaningful and peaceful conversation about diversity in our communities. Weekly, we will host a live zoom or in-person session where you will be invited to let your voice be heard as we discuss some of the learnings from this week's video as well as inspire each other to make our community a better place to live, for us all.
In the first year of the hockey equipment accumulation, Graham McWaters (Campaign Founder) reached out to his son’s Richmond Hill team for equipment donations who helped raise 8 bags of equipment and numerous hockey sticks. The first delivery of equipment was sent to Beausoleil First Nation on Christian Island.
Inspired by the first hockey drive in 2015 there have been numerous drives with each growing larger than the last to the point where over 1,000 bags, 200 sets of goalie pads and over 700 sticks were accumulated and donated in the fall of 2021 to 40 Indigenous communities in Ontario.
As part of the 1,000, a special delivery of 350 bags were delivered to Thunder Bay for distribution to Indigenous youth in that area and to northern communities never serviced by this hockey distribution.
Our goal in 2022 is to accumulate donations of 1,000 bags which will be distributed to 40 Indigenous communities in Ontario in the fall of 2022.
These programs are built to introduce priority neighborhoods & schools to new sports & life skills. We partner with local sports leagues, foundations & governing bodies to build, support & facilitate sport for development opportunities.
The purpose of these programs are to bring a fun sports engaged
inclusive environment that promotes health & wellness through
nutrition, mental health, physical activity & critical life/social skill.
Additionally, we work to level the school-ground playing field by supporting, building and delivering programs within the school yard. This includes equipping schools with the correct sporting resources such as sporting equipment and entire playgrounds. These playgrounds are a beacon of these communities and serve as a place to play but also gather and connect, as a community.
During the 2019 Para Sport Games planning, the Organizing Committee (GOC) formed a partnership with Their Opportunity to manage $22,500 of the Games surplus to provide grants to qualified families with the purpose of reducing registration & equipment costs for children & youth participating in parasports in Durham Region.
Some Games fundraising activities were completed in partnership with Their Opportunity; as such, contributions from 100 Men Ajax & 100 Women Who Care Ajax Pickering Whitby in the amount of $10,050 have already been directed to Their Opportunity. An additional $19,950 will be transferred to Their Opportunity for a total of $30,000.
To apply for this fund please contact Matthew Cronin – Matthew@theiropportunity.com