On what had been late Roy Halladayhas 44th birthday as Toronto Blue Jays open a series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Jays Care Foundation and City of Toronto are pleased to announce the naming of Toronto’s first available baseball diamond ace Roy Halladay Field.
During the 12 seasons that Blue Jay, Roy and his family made significant contributions to the Toronto community, including establishment Doc’s Box, which allowed children and families from SickKids to experience the magic of a Blue Jays game live. The legacy of Doc’s Box continues, as thousands of children continue to attend games annually at the Rogers Center in the Jays Care Community Clubhouse.
Roy Halladay Field is located on Highview Park and will be a safe place for athletes with all abilities to learn and develop important life skills through the game of baseball. The diamond will be used by athletes in Jays Care’s Challenger Baseball program – an adaptive baseball program for Canadian children living with cognitive and / or physical disabilities.
Toronto City Council formally approved the naming as motion 32.32 during last week’s city council meeting.
In 2017, Jays Care made a $ 1 million investment in capital infrastructure to build the diamond with additional funding provided by the City of Toronto. Jays Care would like to thank the barbaric family Andy and Sue Redmond, Musco Lighting and GAF for their generous support of this project.
Construction of Roy Halladay Field began in 2019 and is expected to be completed this summer. More information on the official opening of Roy Halladay Field will be available at a later date.
“I am very excited about the completion of this fantastic, inclusive baseball field. Roy and I had the privilege of meeting countless inspiring children and their families through SickKids and our program, Doc’s Box. We often talked about how amazing it would be to have a baseball field where every child could easily be a part of the game that we all love. Roy would be so proud to have his name associated with this project, but he would be even happier to see the faces of the children and families who will benefit from it. I applaud the people who saw the need and did the work to make this dream field come true. ”- Brandy Hall Day
“The contributions Roy Halladay made to the baseball game extend far beyond Rogers Center, so it’s appropriate to let his legacy expand into a diamond that will positively impact so many Canadians. Baseball should be a game that everyone can enjoy and be proud of, and Roy and Brandy made incredible contributions to that effort during their time in Toronto. The Blue Jays are excited that Roy Halladay Field will give thousands of young people the opportunity to play the game. ”- Mark Shapiro, President & CEO, Toronto Blue Jays
“The Jays Care Foundation is pleased to recognize and honor Roy’s legacy of providing opportunities for children and young people through our investment in and appointment of Roy Halladay Field, which will soon be home to thousands of athletes living with disabilities. We would like to thank Brandy, Braden, Ryan and the Halladay family for their support and are happy to welcome them to celebrate the official opening of Roy Halladay Field. ”- Robert witchel, CEO, Jays Care Foundation
“Toronto will always remember Roy Halladay and the great Blue Jays player he was. But we will also remember Doc’s tireless efforts to give back to children and families throughout Toronto. The Roy and Halladay family have left a truly meaningful legacy in the community of our city. It is so fitting to name Toronto’s first available baseball diamond after Roy and to recognize his legacy through the thousands of children of all abilities who will play at Roy Halladay Field in the years to come. ”- John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
“I am grateful for this partnership in creating the first available baseball diamond in town at Highview Park in Scarborough Southwest. By providing barrier-free access to opportunities that would not otherwise be available, this community resource will have an enormous impact on the well-being, inclusion and empowerment of children living with physical and / or cognitive disabilities. “- Gary Crawford, Toronto City Council, Section 20
“Jays Care continues to demonstrate its leadership in caring for children and young people living with disabilities. As a proud member of the Challenger Baseball Advisory Committee and a longtime partner, we are very excited to offer programming at Roy Halladay Field, which will do so much to advance our vision of giving children living with disabilities a chance to be seen. participate and feel included. Jays Care also recently donated $ 100,000 to Variety to help build a baseball-themed fitness area at Variety Village, and our athletes can’t wait to take advantage of both of these new facilities. – Karen stintz, President & CEO, Variety – Children’s Charity