Family, Mentorship & Legacy – From the Playground to the NBA

Family, Mentorship & Legacy – From the Playground to the NBA

A community event connecting children, youth and their families with emerging basketball stars and their families to talk about life lessons both on and off the courts, family-work, the importance of mentorship and the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

Mississauga, Ontario, January 19th, 2019 –  Let’s Get Together! in partnership with Raptors 905 and National Basketball Youth Mentorship Program and supporting organizations, Mississauga Sports CouncilOntario Basketball Association and University of Toronto Mississauga Centre for Student Engagement, is hosting a one-of-a-kind, interactive family event on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly Hershey Centre) in Mississauga.

Family Mentorship in Sports

Raptors 905 playersDuane NoticeMyck Kabongo and Assistant Coach, Charles Dubé-Brais sit down with their families to share their personal stories with other families from across the GTA about the importance of family support and mentorship.  This event is to celebrate all Mentors and Mentees as part of National Mentorship Month in January.

Let’s Get Together!’s Executive Director, Alison Canning, says on the topic of family support “Healthy parent involvement and family support is key to a child’s success.  We often teach children and parents separately in the hopes that they’ll connect.  This event is about parents and children learning together and empowering each other – it’s not just about what happens on the court, but more importantly what happens off the court. Messages of gratitude, love, family and faith will be present.”

National Basketball Youth Mentorship Program’s Founder, Kevin Wilson, adds on the topic of mentorship “Mentorship is such an underrated concept that many youth unfortunately do not have access to. By connecting youth to various pro basketball athletes, coaches and other parents that they can relate to, this will undoubtedly help to build confidence, courage and their awareness between ‘right and wrong’”.  Between the game and presentation, families will meet NBYMP coaches and mentors plus mentors from other organizations including the University of Toronto Mississauga Centre for Student Engagement who will answer questions and share their educational experience.  January is also National Mentorship Month.

Second Year Running

This is the second year, Let’s Get Together has partnered with the Raptors 905 to deliver an engaging family presentation.  “From the Playground to the NBA” follows two successful events from last year;  Growth Mindset Talk (March 10, 2018) with then Raptors 905 Players Shevon Thompson, Kennedy Meeks, Kaza Kajami-Keane and Aaron Best and Parent Involvement Matters Talk (January 27, 2018) where Aaron Best and Kaza Kajami-Keane’s families shared their stories of how they raised and supported Aaron and Kaza.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy 

John Wiggins, Director of Team Operations for Raptors 905 says “Raptors 905 is proud to once again team up with Let’s Get Together and continue the conversation around how parents, mentors, coaches, and players can all contribute towards the growth and development of this game that we all love so much.  It’s even better that there is a heightened sense of purpose knowing that the event takes place during a weekend where we will be honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose legacy was founded on the notion that we must all work together to create better opportunities for each other.  It’s important for everyone to understand that if we are to embark on a journey to success, then as a community we need come together to teach and learn from each other.  Joining us for this panel discussion is a step in the right direction.”

How to Participate

On Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1:00pm, come watch the Raptors 905 take on the Greensboro Swarm and join the players, Coach Dubé-Brais and their families after the game for our interactive discussion: “From the Playground to the NBA”. Parent/caregivers are encouraged to attend with their child(ren).  Game will be held at Paramount Fine Foods Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga ON L4Z 4B6.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.letsgettogether.ca/playgroundtonba

For additional event resources and media kit, visit Get Involved ToolKit

 

Raptors 905 are the NBA G League Champion for 2016/17, Conference Champions for 2017/18 and the lone Canadian team in the league. Founded in 2015, the team joined the league for the 2015-16 season, playing out of Paramount Fine Food Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

Let’s Get Together! is a not-for-profit organization that creates opportunities for parents, youth and communities to access learning resources that provide educational assistance and supports student well-being. Their mission is to encourage healthy parent involvement, inspire youth to value learning while making education accessible and equitable.

National Basketball Youth Mentorship Program (NBYMP) positively impacts the lives of youth living in Canada by providing the necessary resources needed to be successful in various areas both on and off the court. The vision for such a program is for all youth living in Canada, to utilize the resources provided from this mentorship platform and to use the game of basketball to become successful in all aspects of life.

3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser – Inspiring the Community to Help Local Schools

3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser – Inspiring the Community to Help Local Schools

A fun, community-building initiative that connects residents, schools and community partners to support local schools from 3 school boards.

 Let’s Get Together! in partnership with Emiliano and Ana No Frills is hosting the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser from Thursday, October 18th thru to Sunday, October 28th, 2018.  For all the pumpkins sold during the 10 days, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to 6 participating schools in the neighbourhood.

The community is also invited to start their Halloween celebration at the Pumpkin Patch Party on Sunday, October 28th.  The party will be held at Emiliano and Ana’s No Frills, 245 Dixon Rd (Islington Ave. and Dixon Rd.) from 11am – 1pm.  Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best howl, best make up, best scary laugh and more. Hot dogs and drink combo will be available for $1. Let’s Get Together’s Junior Balloon Twisters, youth between ages of 10 – 12 years, will also be on hand to twist some unique Halloween creations.  All proceeds from food sales will be donated to the schools. 

“We are thrilled to be able to help our schools”, said Emiliano and Ana Hernandez, No Frills Owners.  “We appreciate our community and want to be involved however we can. The Pumpkin Patch Party is an event we look forward to because it brings families in our community together.”

“Schools, now more than ever, need our support,” said Alison Canning, Executive Director at Let’s Get Together.  “Education is key to building a healthy community.  We need to work together to ensure our educators and families have the resources they need to educate our children. This event is a fun and creative way to involve the community while helping our schools.”

About No Frills

Open since December 2012, Emilano and Ana’s No Frills has been a neighbourhood grocery store, in addition to providing pharmacy services. They also offer fresh meat (PAVAO MEAT) and fresh fish (BEAVER FISHERY) in their store. Both Emilano and Ana have enjoyed and appreciated being part of the neighbourhood, and believe that by helping others is a key to building stronger communities.

About Let’s Get Together

Let’s Get Together is a non profit organization that creates opportunities for parents, youth and communities to access resources that provide educational assistance and supports student well-being. The mission is to encourage healthy parent involvement and help youth value learning while making it more equitable and accessible. Alison Canning is proud resident of Etobicoke North. She is also running in the upcoming municipal election as a candidate for the Toronto Catholic District School Board School Trustee position in Ward 1.
For more information on Let’s Get Together, please visit letsgettogether.ca

2nd Annual Back to School Supplies Drive

2nd Annual Back to School Supplies Drive

The Kingsview Village-Westway Neighbourhood residents with the support of Let’s Get Together is hosting their 2nd Annual Back to School Supplies Drive from August 1 – 24th, 2018. This drive will benefit students whose families are facing economic challenges while endorsing the value of education in our community.

The Kingsview Village-Westway neighbourhood is a vibrant and diverse community that works hard to ensure that our neighborhood is safe and inclusive despite it being designated, by the City, as an underserved Neighbourhood Improvement Area (NIA) in 2014.  Our mission is to create local opportunities such as the Back-to-School Supplies Drive, that allows  residents and anyone interested to volunteer and help address the arising needs in our community.

Every Hand Counts

We are asking both the local and greater community to help us make this initiative a success. Our goal is to collect 100 filled backpacks to distribute to students in need and provide a full box of school supplies to 10 surrounding schools to further assist those in need of supplies.  Purchasing a kit, a USB key or calculator will go a long way to helping a child and/or youth.  Any donations or contribution is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Alison at alison@letsgettogether.ca or call 416-302-8349.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller