On a hot July 27 afternoon, Toronto Police Service (TPS) members represented the Service at a charity soccer tournament held in Markham.
The TPS team played the Markham Chinese Soccer Association All-Star Team in an exhibition game during a tournament raising funds for the Vision Youth Leadership Program.
Founded in 2001, the Vision Youth Leadership Program is designed to complement the regular school academic curriculum to help youth develop life skills, which will prepare them for a successful and rewarding future. It encourages civic participation and the continuous development of physical, social and leadership skills through a holistic training approach.
“It was great seeing so many officers volunteering their own time to support youth programs. Our officers were able to connect with the community and demonstrated our soccer skills” said Superintendent Peter Yuen, who is one of the program advisors with Vision, and was on hand to oversee the team’s performance. The team was successful in winning 3-0 thanks to two opening goals by captain Constable Andrew Tremblay, of 55 Division. The Service was represented by members from numerous units and raised over $600, which added to overall $7,500 that was raised during the tournament.
A new member to the organization, Constable Henry Demarche, of 55 Division, provided strong defensive play in assisting the team with a shutout. His efforts were reflected in the Most Valuable Player award for the game. However, this game was less about winning and more about playing together and building relationships with the community, cultivating mutual respect and having a good time.