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August 21, 2000
City-Wide Basketball Summer Youth League Starts
Parks and Recreation - From August 21 to 27, young participants in
Toronto's city-wide summer basketball league will compete for the league
championship at Regent Park Community Centre, 203 Sackville Green.

From May to mid-August, more than 700 girls and boys between the ages of 11 and
17 play on 34 teams in this inner-city league that is comprised of youth from
all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. In addition to enhancing youngsters'
athletic prowess, the coaches also work with the players to emphasize team
work, leadership development and a positive attitude.

"We have seen a major difference in the way that young people who have been
involved in this program approach their daily lives," says Ken Jeffers,
Operation Support Coordinator in Toronto Parks and Recreation's South District,
and a member of the staff team that conceived the idea of the inner-city youth
basketball league. "As a result of participating in the league, these
youngsters are much more confident and eager to focus on school and the
benefits that accrue through education. Nothing could be more worthwhile,"
Jeffers continued.

Team awards and recognition of players' and coaches' skill improvement,
leadership and fair play will take place at the league's end of season banquet
on August 29.

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