TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Community Housing will launch a new season of Rookie League Baseball on Thursday July 7th with over 400 children set to play ball. Opening ceremonies and the first game of the 17th season will take place tomorrow, Thursday July 7th, at Toronto's Riverdale Park at 11:00 am.

Blue Jays star outfielder Vernon Wells, who has proudly supported the program as its Honourary Commissioner since 2002, will be joined this season by his new Co-Commissioners Gord Stellick & Don Landry, the popular morning show hosts from THE FAN 590.

Gord Stellick will host tomorrow's opening ceremonies which feature Vernon Wells, Blue Jays President & Ceo Paul Godfrey, Toronto Community Housing Chair Mitchell Kosny and the New Designer Guys from HGTV. The New Designer Guys are renovating a suite at Rogers Centre. This suite will host corporate guests of the Blue Jays as well as allow Rookie League participants and children from across the GTA the opportunity to enjoy a Jays game in comfort and style.

Rookie League Baseball provides a summer of baseball fun annually to over 400 children between the ages of 8 and 14 from Toronto Community Housing units from across the city. Since its inception in 1989, ROOKIE LEAGUE BASEBALL has grown from eight to twenty teams and provided a positive experience to thousands of area kids. The boys and girls learn valuable life lessons about healthy living, teamwork and commitment through weekly baseball tournaments running through the end of August.

Toronto Community Housing is the largest social housing provider in Canada. It is home to 164,000 low and moderate-income tenants in 58,500 households, including seniors, families, singles, refugees, recent immigrants to Canada and people with special needs.

Special to Canadian Baseball News – 6 July 2005

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