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August 25, 2016
City of Toronto launches physical literacy program Ready, Set, PLAY!
The City of Toronto launched a new physical literacy program called Ready, Set, PLAY! on the green roof at Toronto City Hall this morning. Janie Romoff, General Manager of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, was joined by Paul Rosen, Paralympic gold medalist, and Dwight Drummond of CBC Television, along with children from local City of Toronto summer camps, the Raptors mascot and Tio the Moose, Toronto’s City of Sport mascot.

Physical literacy is the mastering of fundamental movement and sport skills that allow a child to navigate their environment and move confidently and in control in a wide range of physical activity situations. Being active can help children develop self-confidence, improve learning and attention, increase fitness, maintain a healthy body weight and build healthy hearts. Physical literacy is a skill for life, and the Ready, Set, PLAY! program builds on the foundation that has seen Canadian athletes on the world stage get their start at City recreation facilities.

“Ready, Set, PLAY! is the result of intensive research, testing and input from experts, staff, participants and parents,” said Romoff, General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. “We are proud and excited to offer Toronto’s children this innovative program at more than 80 community recreation centres this fall.”

Ready, Set, PLAY! is a legacy of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and is made possible through the City of Toronto's Host City Showcase Program. Registration for Ready, Set, PLAY! programs begins in September. More information is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Cathy Vincelli
Parks, Forestry and Recreation



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