Sept 10, 2014 (ISN) – Toronto Blue Jays Named Winner Of 2014 Steve Patterson Award For Excellence In
Award Granted In Recognition Of Jays Care Foundation’s Charitable And Community
Efforts Across Canada
On Wednesday, September 10, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the
charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Care Foundation, alongside the Tiger
Woods Foundation and Harlem RBI, as winners of the 2014 Steve Patterson Award for
Excellence in Sports Philanthropy. The three winners will be honored at a September
18, 2014, ceremony at RWJF in Princeton, N.J.
This is the 10th anniversary of the Patterson Award, which was established in 2005
by the RWJF in honour of the late Steve Patterson, the UCLA basketball star, NBA
player and Arizona State basketball coach. Patterson’s belief in the practice of
using the power of sports philanthropy to make a difference in various communities
inspired the creation of this award.
“We are honored to celebrate three outstanding organizations– Jays Care, the Tiger
Woods Foundation and Harlem RBI. Each is giving back to their communities and
inspiring others to build a Culture of Health,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA,
President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Recognized for their work through Jays Care Foundation, the Toronto Blue Jays are
the first ever international organization to receive this prestigious award.
Jays Care Foundation is the charitable arm of Canada’s only MLB team, the Toronto
Blue Jays. Established in 1992, the foundation has grown exponentially from a
regional focus in Toronto to investing in children and communities across Canada.
Jays Care’s mission is to create equal opportunities for kids in need across Canada
by removing barriers to sport and education. Jays Care programs such as Field of
Dreams and Grand Slam Grant provide funds to children and their communities to learn
and play in “safe-youth spaces,” as well as lead happy and healthy lives. Other
foundation programs include the Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League, Home Run
Scholars and the Jays Care Community Clubhouse, a luxury suite for community and
charitable groups at Rogers Centre.
“The Toronto Blue Jays are honored to be recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, an organization that truly understands the power of sport,” Stephen
Brooks, Senior Vice President of Business Operations for the Toronto Blue Jays,
said. “As Canada’s only MLB team, the Blue Jays, through Jays Care Foundation, have
made a lasting commitment to invest in Canadian children and communities from coast
to coast. We are devoted to breaking barriers to sport and education and to building
safe, dedicated spaces for recreational and educational youth programming in
communities across Canada. The Blue Jays are delighted to be named as a recipient of
the Steve Patterson Award for our work in communities throughout Canada and proud to
be listed beside recipients of the past.”