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May 23, 2002
Mayor Mel Lastman presents tickets to see Tiger Woods to Toronto youth
Parks and Recreation - Today, on the rooftop of Toronto City Hall,
Mayor Mel Lastman presented much sought-after tickets for "Tiger Takes Toronto"
to a group of young golf enthusiasts from the City's Driftwood Community Centre.

The youth, aged 8 to 16, participated in a learn-to-golf program operated
jointly by Toronto Parks and Recreation and the National Junior Golf Academy, a
volunteer-driven non-profit organization designed to provide affordable access
to recreational opportunities for youth living in the Jane-Finch community.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these kids to see someone like
Tiger Woods," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "Tiger is a great role model. He's about
positive choices and he shows kids how discipline and hard work can help them
realize their potential."

"The learn-to-golf program at Driftwood Community Centre is a real-life example
of the values of Toronto Parks and Recreation," said John Macintyre, Director
of Recreation. "We want to promote child and youth development by building
lifelong leisure skills and interests, providing fun, positive and healthy
choices, and shaping constructive values of mutual respect and inclusion. This
program does just that."

The "Tiger Takes Toronto" event commemorates the launch of the new American
Express Tiger Woods credit card is scheduled to take place on Olympic Island on
Monday, May 27, 2002.

Media Contact
Media contacts:
Jim Warren, Mayor's Office 416-395-6482
John Macintyre, Director, Toronto Parks and Recreation



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