New $50,000 Toronto FC Community Action Grant supports WoodGreen’s Newcomer Youth Soccer League


WoodGreen Community Services is thrilled to be this year’s recipient of the $50,000 Toronto FC Community Action Grant, and would like to sincerely thank the MLSE Foundation and the Just Energy Foundation for their support. The news was announced at BMO Field on Saturday August 6, with MLSE Foundation representative Eric Nachman, Just Energy Senior VP Amy Gasca, and WoodGreen President & CEO Anne Babcock, accompanied by WoodGreen youth.

“WoodGreen is thrilled to be a recipient of the $50,000 Toronto FC Community Action Grant,” said Anne Babcock, President & CEO of WoodGreen. “We know that the settlement journey for young people comes with unique challenges. The WoodGreen Soccer League gives newcomer youth the opportunity to come together in a safe space to make new friends, get to know their new city, and above all, to have fun. On behalf of the newcomer youth we serve at WoodGreen, we would like to express our sincere thanks to the MLSE Foundation, the Toronto FC and Just Energy.”

The grant will directly support the WoodGreen Newcomer Youth Soccer League, providing opportunities for young newcomers to meet each other and forge friendships. The teams will encompass individuals from a variety of organizations across Toronto, from ages 13 – 24.

“The Newcomer Youth Soccer League is a great demonstration of WoodGreen’s efforts to provide reliable and impactful services for immigrant families. We’re excited to see this program come to life and help youth in the City of Toronto develop a sense of belonging through sport as they settle in their new home.” – Michael Bartlett, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation

We are looking forward to the first match this Fall!

Contact Lenard See, Manager, Youth Settlement Services at for further details.


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