PROFILE: The Toronto Basketball

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At the Toronto Basketball Club (TBC), campers ranging from the ages of 6 to 20 years old can learn, train, and develop new basketball skills. At the camp, they provide a wide variety of training to get their campers active and energized.

The camp is located at St. Patrick’s Secondary School, 49 Felstead Avenue. This organization was founded in the year 2000. While helping to develop and train young athletes for 17 years, they decided to expand their horizons and started to open summer camps 2 years ago. The objective of these camps are to train and develop the skills of young athletes in hopes they could one day continue their career in basketball.

One of the reasons behind the success to the camp is the amazing camp counselors. The staff encourage their campers to do their best and strive for improvement. TBC partnered with the Focus on Youth program because they wanted to provide youth an opportunity to be employed and encourage upcoming youth to become future athletes.


FOY Staff (L-R): Janiri Nunal (Neil), Sabrina Ayson (Neil), Joleia Bucad (Neil), and Temitope Azeez (Neil)


Toronto Basketball Club

St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School
49 Felstead Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1G3

July 4 to August 11th 2017


Contact Information:
Kevin Morris


PROFILE: Footsteps to Success East

fts.pngFootsteps to Success (East) located at Blessed Mother Teresa CSS, 40 Sewells Rd, has been home to many children in the community during the summer. This amazing program was created by the one and only Andre Fullerton. This 6 week program is offered for free so that every child has a chance to grow and develop while having fun in the summer. Kids can participate in various programs including dance/arts, sports and leadership.


Campers full of curiosity walking through the Science Centre

Footsteps to Success is one of two camps founded by Andre Fullerton and community partners, created to become involved with youth, and to help urban communities to move forward. Footsteps gives youth the tools that they need in order to succeed in life. The program enriches children in a positive atmosphere. Staff and campers are always enthusiastic, energized and ready to learn. Counsellors and campers heavily impact each other as they both learn something new every day. Everyone works together to have the best summer experience possible.


Getting ready to shred it up at camp.

This program also provides breakfast to children in the morning so that they have energy for the entire day. Throughout each week the camp goes on at least one trip whether it be the movies, swimming, or even bowling! Footsteps also has a special partnership with TIRF, a rugby program that comes in to teach the kids how to play. At Footsteps, children are enriched with knowledge in every way.





PROFILE: Central Neighbourhood House (Our Lady of Lourdes)

downloadThe Central Neighbourhood House is an institute that caters the needs of the community and local area.  Located in the beautiful, downtown Catholic School Facility of Our Lady of Lourdes, Central Neighbourhood House which is the perfect environment for kids to safely  explore the landscape around them.


Campers strike a pose as they break for snack time!

Central Neighbourhood House is the second oldest settlement house in Toronto. For the past 105 years, their team of staff and volunteers have worked hand in hand with  neighbours, to offer a wide range of excellent programs for children and youth, new Canadians, families, women and seniors. In the summer, Our Lady of Lourdes provides a space for the CNH to run a summer program for kids ages 5 – 14.

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A camper discusses the manga she is currently reading “Naruto,” with a camp counselor.

Campers enjoy diverse programming that includes daily swimming trips, arts and community engagement activities in and around our neighbourhood, as well as group trips to exciting destinations every Friday.
They also offer a terrific Summer Leadership Program, which is also a part of their summer camp program, for youth aged 13 and over.

CNH provides many opportunities for the social, recreational, cultural and educational development of our campers, through team-building activities centered on recreation, language, and the arts. Activities include arts & crafts, sports, games, drama, dance, music and photography as well as swimming and field trips. Most important, friends are made and unforgettable adventures are to be had!


FOY Staff: Justin M, Kyle P, Brian H, Tiffany W (NEIL Centre)


Central Neighbourhood House

Our Lady of Lourdes School
444 Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON M4X 1K2

July 4 – August 19
8:30am – 4:30pm

5 – 13 years old

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PROFILE: Live for Ball



Live for Ball (LFB) is a summer camp which provides basketball skills to their campers. Their main goal is to build team and individual qualities in a fun and positive environment. Their motto, “It’s your life, live it!” proves that this camp gives their campers what they need in order for them to have the best camp experience.


The organization was founded in 2008 by Isaac King and Katrina Sorra, and every year their growth is very notable. The camp is located at Blessed Cardinal Newman CHS, 100 Brimley Road S. Given their close proximity to the Scarborough Bluffs, the camp goes on regular walks down to the Bluffs to get their campers energized. Throughout the day, they do basketball drills and games. Cheering and positive attitudes are an asset at this camp as all the campers are supportive of each other throughout the day’s activities.


Each year, they seek athletes, new and old, to be in their camp. They hope to help campers live their dreams and to find their own individuality. No matter where a child comes from, they can easily come to LFB to relieve their own stress and have fun. They believe in all of their campers and with enough focus and determination, their campers can do great things.








Organization: Live for Ball

Location: 100 Brimley Rd. S, Toronto, ON, M1M 3X4.

July 4 to August 11, 2017

Contact Information:
Katrina Sorra
(416) 707-7033



Profile: Smarty Pants Camp


Smarty Pants Camp is a safe and inspiring environment that is dedicated to giving campers lessons and experiences that will mold them into the great people that they will soon become. On a field trip to Lanna MMA, the campers were greeted by an experienced Muay Thai teacher who was prepared not only to teach the campers the basics of Muay Thai, but more importantly, valuable lessons about hard work, respect and determination.

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Safety first! Campers listen to instruction from a Muay Thai expert.

Campers’ perseverance expanded as obstacles came their way when being introduced to Muay Thai preparations and moves such as: skipping rope, jabs and punching bags. However throughout the day, each camper was getting a greater amount of punches on the punching bag and could skip for longer. It was the perfect example to help the   campers understand that perseverance, focus and a positive attitude is always the key to improvement.


Campers try out their new techniques. Breathing is KEY!

In one short day the campers at Smarty Pants camp utilized their growing skills in teamwork, determination and responsibility. With humor and care, each camper learns that they have the potential to be their best selves, physically and mentally. Each day at Smarty Pants Camp is a new day to learn, grow and have fun, in or outside of the classroom!




FOY Staff: Sherona P, Odosa O, Chante D, Frank B and Alexander N


Smarty Pants Summer Camp

1440 Finch Ave W, North York, ON M3J 3G3

July 3rd – August 11th

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PROFILE: Basketball Beginnings

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Basketball Beginnings is an organization located at St. Victor School, 20 Bernadine St. They strive to develop and enhance team and individual fundamental basketball skills in a positive, fun environment. The organization partnered with Focus On Youth because it was a great opportunity to connect with facility in a neighbourhood that needs a program like this. They have partnered with Focus On Youth for about 4-5 years, and each year the community has grown larger and larger.


Young athletes doing basketball drills.


Warming up before a big game.

During the morning, campers are expected to improve their basketball skills through a variety of drills and games. But they also build character, leadership skills and relationships through the different activities. Parents are also very welcome to be involved in the camp’s activities, this builds the family-friendly like atmosphere. Every single day at camp is exciting and different.

They promote life-skills development through the sport of basketball— their athletes are students first and discipline starts by teaching the fundamental principles of personal conduct, self-assertion, and fair play. They take pride in their work ethics.





Basketball Beginnings

20 Bernadine St, Scarborough, ON M1P 4M2

July 4 to August 5, 2017

Contact Information:
Clairmonte Burgess




PROFILE: St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club


St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club has many hard working locations that provide a nurturing environment where kids can be their unique selves in a safe place. A home away from home, St. Alban’s is a place where kids can laugh, dance, have fun and make new friends!


Girl Power! These girls have great dance moves.

Children are placed into groups based on their age in order to provide them with activities that keep them engaged. A variety of activities are available each day such as: arts and crafts, games in the classrooms, watching movies, sports and more. Although the campers’ favourite seems to be dance!


Everyone’s favourite hobby at St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club is dancing!

Surrounded by strong role models with a philosophy based on acceptance and friendship, the atmosphere of the camp is stress free and exciting! Campers know that when they come to St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club fun and friendships await them.



FOY Staff:


FOY Staff: Zechariah S, Nevada F, Zamora D, Omari A and Tiandra T


St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club

Charles E. Webster – 1900 Keele St, North York, ON M6M 3X7
York Humber– 100 Emmett Ave

July 3rd – August 11th

7 years old – 14 years old

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