Grants & Donations

The First of Many...

Hey All!

Super excited to be coming at you with my first blog post of the summer, but before I introduce myself, I just wanted to give a huge shoutout and thank you to Canada Summer Jobs for this opportunity. This summer is going to be a great one, I am so looking forward to working with an organization like Beat The Streets Toronto and alongside such an awesome team.

I have been a part of Beat The Streets Toronto as an athlete since I was fourteen when I had just started to get involved in the sport of wrestling. I had the opportunity of working with the organization last summer and I am excited to be working with a new team this summer.

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I am hoping to really learn the in’s and out of social media, and how to best share what this amazing non-profit is all about. Learn how to make blog posts and social media postings that people want to read. I’m also just really looking forward to being able to put out there what Beat The Streets Toronto is. 

I am looking forward to being creative with my posts and creating content that reaches many different groups of people. I have a great interest in the psychology of sports and the mental side of wrestling, so you can definitely expect some blogs and posts along those lines. Wrestling is so fun and so as much as I am interested in the science behind it I hope also to be putting out some content that brings a smile to your face and challenges you to better yourself one day at a time. 

Avison Young Golf For a Cure Tournament

Recently Beat the Streets Toronto was awarded the Avison Young Golf for a Cure grant. The Golf Tournament and presentation was held at the beautiful Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville On. We would like to thank Avison and Young for their Generous Donation. These funds will go towards various Beat the Streets Programs to help children and young people pursue their education while learning strong values from the sport of wrestling.

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Partnership with LPS Athletic Centre

Beat the Streets Toronto is very happy and lucky to announce our new partnership with LPS Athletic Centre. LPS is an elite strength & conditioning training facility with exceptional coaches and trainers who build athletes to dominate in sports. Check them out by clicking here. The goal is to offer BTST wrestlers with an opportunity to train with one of the best the country has to offer and learn the fundamental skills to push themselves to the next level. Stay posted on our social media for updates on how our athletes are developing!

About LPS and How BTST Wrestlers will Benefit

LPS is located right in the heart of North York, they developed the Athlete Activation System with 30+ years of research & practical experience that helps athletes & executives maximize and taps into athletic potential by activating higher threshold motor units.

These methodologies in their internationally recognized system are used for the world’s best athletes. So even if you may not be the most talented, or not genetically gifted… as long as you put in the work, then this would help you outperform your competitors.

LPS works with competitive to professional athletes from wrestlers to all other sports such as hockey, baseball, football, basketball, tennis, and soccer. BTST wrestlers will be taught the methodologies and concepts to make a truly exceptional wrestler and learn what strength, power, and explosiveness it takes to compete on the international stage.

The video below shows the culture of the gym:

OMERS Foundation awards BTST $25,000 grant

This summer Beat the Streets Toronto was awarded a $25000 Grant from the OMERS Foundation. Where OMERS employees fundraise and choose a cause to support as a group. It was presented to us at our Wrestle the North Festival.

We are truly honoured to receive this Grant and we will put it towards helping students in undeserved communities and building up vibrant commutes across the GTA. We would like to say a very big thank you to the OMERS Foundation for your generosity. 

To learn more about the OMERS Foundation, please visit their site:

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BTST awarded Ontario Sports and Recreation Communities Fund Grant to support After School Program for 2 years!

The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) is a grant program that supports a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity.  This spring, Beat the Streets Toronto was successful in our application to OSRCF and was delighted to hear that we would be receiving support for our After School Program which operates in underserved communities in the GTA and serves middle school children.

This has long been a goal of BTST, as we understand that helping youth in Toronto starts with the younger children, children ages 8 – 13.  It is our understanding that this is the age where children are most vulnerable and exposed to negative influences.  We’ve learned this through our experiences with our current programs at Dixon Grove public school, Elmbank Junior public school and Samuel Hearne public school.

Over the past two years, we saw great success working with these schools and learned just how important it is to have programming like this available to students at a vulnerable time of the day.  We witnessed how much the students enjoyed participating in the program.  We look forward to expanding this program and are grateful to the Ontario Government for giving us the opportunity to grow and reach even more at-risk youth. 

Stay tuned for some fantastic results!

 

 
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Working together: Canada Summer Jobs, YAAACE & BTST

This summer Beat the Streets Toronto was pleased to partner with the Youth Association for Academics, Athletics and Character Education (YAAACE) and The Canada Summer Jobs Program to offer summer jobs to eight students working with youth in the underserved communities of North West Toronto. 

YAACE is a community organization that seeks to engage children and youth from all communities — particularly those from poor racialized communities — in activities that promote opportunity, civic/social inclusion, identity development, resilience, accountability and self-advocacy.  Canada Summer Jobs Programs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students.  It is designed to focus on local priorities while helping both students and their communities.

It was a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.  Most of the hired students were employed for the first time and were able to work in their own communities. We were happy to see the development of these eight students as they learned a wide variety of important life skills that they're able to take with and apply them to future endeavours and add to their resumes.

These students come directly out of our mentorship program and as such, are able to use the funds they generated over the summer towards funding their wrestling aspirations throughout the season, like going to tournaments  or purchasing wrestling gear.

From my point of you it was a win-win situation for all involved! I truly enjoyed being a part of this program and look forward to continuing and building on it for next year. Thank you so much to the good people at YAAACE for working with us and allowing us to be a part of their program and we are grateful to Canada Summer Jobs for awarding us with the funds to make this all happen! 

Sincerely,
Neal Ewers
Executive Director 

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