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Young Toronto community housing residents race to success at annual track and field meet

July 30, 2013

TORONTO, ON – Toronto Community Housing, together with the University of Toronto track and field program, is inviting 300 aspiring young track and field athletes to compete at the world-class Varsity Centre on July 31. At the ninth annual Search for the Stars event, Olympic Team Trialist Tania Archer will make a special address before participants launch into a day of track and field competition.

Promising athletes, who are also Toronto Community Housing residents, have the chance to be awarded one of up to 10 scholarships to train with the University of Toronto Junior Development Track and Field Academy. The event is a TO2015 IGNITE community partnership program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

The track meet is just one example of how Toronto Community Housing is celebrating its Year of the Youth by engaging young people through initiatives that encourage healthy, positive activities.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Varsity Centre, 299 Bloor Street West

VISUALS: track and field action photos/videos and interviews

About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing (www.torontohousing.ca) is Canada’s largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes – about six per cent of Toronto’s population. Toronto Community Housing and its subsidiaries employ 1,300 staff in a broad range of jobs, who deliver its mission to provide affordable housing, connect tenants to services and opportunities, and work together to build healthy communities.

About University of Toronto track and field programs
The University of Toronto’s track and field programs operate out of U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, which leads an extensive range of research, education and co-curricular physical activity and sport programs. The Faculty’s co-curricular initiatives engage athletes from playground to podium with a research-supported approach, making it one of the broadest, most innovative programs of its kind in North America.

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For more information, contact:

Marco Ouji, Toronto Community Housing, 416-989-9709 or media@torontohousing.ca
Valerie Iancovich, University of Toronto, 416-946-3713 or valerie.iancovich@utoronto.ca