Competition Builds Respect

By Constable Jamshid Habibullah,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 3:49 p.m. June 13, 2014

The Toronto Police Muslim Community Consultative Committee (MCCC) held their second annual Tri-Sport Competition on Sunday, May 25. The games included were soccer, basketball and dodgeball.

Bleachers filled with adults, some in TPS uniform and children wearing matching T-shirts
Muslim Consultative Committee members and students who took part in the Tri-Sport Competition
  • Bleachers filled with adults, some in TPS uniform and children wearing matching T-shirts
  • Several rows of girls, many in headscarves hold paper certificates

Staff Superintendent Mario Di Tommaso, co-chair of the MCCC, attended the event along with other MCCC community members who help advise police on community concerns and build partnerships between police and the Muslim community.

Staff Superintendent Di Tommaso made the opening remarks.

“Building meaningful community partnerships for a safer city is a priority for this Service. The support of the Toronto Police Service for this event has given the police and many young people from the Muslim community a better opportunity to get to know one another and to build mutual respect and understanding," he said.

Fatima Muhtaj, the girls team captain, stated: “It is a great experience, a good way for my teammates to come together. It is also instrumental in bringing the community together - the Muslim community and the police. On behalf of myself and my entire team, I would like to thank the MCCC for organizing this event, and we look forward to participating again in the future.” 

Abdalla Ali, the boys team captain looks forward to next year.

“We had a great time here, and we look forward to coming again next year and to other events as well. We believe in working hard and playing hard," he said. "This has been a great opportunity to build stronger relationships with the police”.

Playing any type of sports does not only promote wellbeing and fitness but also establish camaraderie among the participants. This event showcased the hard work of youth volunteers from several communities of Muslim descent.

At the end of the competition, the participants were recognized by the MCCC’s civilian co-chair Osman Khan. He indicated that he has received positive feedback from the participants and assured to make it an annual event.  

For information on police/community events, contact Constable Jamshid Habibullah at 416-080-0119 or via email: jamshid.habibullah@torontopolice.on.ca.

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