Officers from 33 division teamed up with ProAction Cops & Kids and the Toronto Blue Jays recently to give a few lucky children from the Sparrow Ways area a memorable night out.
On August 7, organizing officers Constables Grace Stastny and Alan Yan and several youngsters ages 8 to 16, took in a Jays game against the Baltimore Orioles to connect and open the lines of communication between them.
“These are good kids who are doing great things in their community and they deserve a reward" said Stastny, who reached out to youth leaders in the Sparrow Ways area who provided youth from the Sparrow Ways Junior youth program that had recently volunteered their own time and money at a Bake sale to raise money for the homeless.
"The Jays did not win last night, but seeing the smiling faces on Marlon and Luthor’s faces is the biggest win for all of us " Yan said.
Both organizing officers credited the help of ProAction Cops & Kids, Sparrow Ways community leaders, and retired Staff Sergeant Russ Cook, who was more than happy to help and arranged Blue jays ball caps for attending children.
Assisting officer Constable Asif Shaikh said ProAction, a charitable organization that links youth with police officers across the Greater Toronto Area, is a great police partner.
"I have been very fortunate to be involved in a few other events such as this community building partnership event and each and every time it would not be possible to make these events happen without the help of Pro Action and community leaders."