Toronto, June 21, 2007 - Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, owners and operators of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies, are on a two-week long house-build in support of Habitat for Humanity Toronto. Today, MLSE staff was joined by an All-Star lineup from their sports teams, including:Andrew Boyens, player, Toronto FC
Wendel Clark, alumni, Toronto Maple Leafs
Bryan Colangelo, president and general manager, Toronto Raptors
Greg Gilbert, head coach, Toronto Marlies
Joey Graham, player, Toronto Raptors
Jeremy Williams, player, Toronto Marlies
Mo Johnston, head coach, Toronto FC
Sam Mitchell, head coach, Toronto Raptors
Ronnie O’Brien, player, Toronto FC
Darryl Sittler, alumni and hall of famer, Toronto Maple Leafs
Darcy Tucker, player, Toronto Maple Leafs
Kyle Wellwood, player Toronto Maple Leafs
“The MLSE Habitat for Humanity Build is a great example of our company’s commitment to being leaders in our community and another opportunity that enables our employees and teams to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Richard Peddie, president and CEO of MLSE. “We’re excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity on this build. This initiative serves as a foundation for a wonderful new community in Toronto that will bring hope to a local family and a neighbourhood.”
Peddie added that each year team personnel devote thousands of personal hours, giving their time, passion and energy to support various charitable causes and support various Toronto communities in unique ways.
“We are so appreciative to the players and MLSE staff for giving themselves a ‘time out’ to come out and build with us. It takes guts to put down a hockey stick, soccer ball or basketball and pick-up a hammer to show you care about the community by helping to build a home for a family in need,” said Habitat Toronto CEO Neil Hetherington.
Funded by the Leafs Fund and Raptors Foundation, the MLSE-built home is one of Habitat for Humanity Toronto’s first Energy Star homes. It is part of a 19-home development, which when completed will see over 100 women, men and children move out of poverty housing into their own simple, decent and affordable homes.