Successful Concert For Inclusion Wraps Up

Toronto, ON – ParaSport Ontario wrapped up the second annual Concert for Inclusion which helps support the ongoing coordination of developmental and competitive sport programs for persons with a physical disability throughout the province of Ontario.

A diverse group of talent was on hand to celebrate ParaSport athletes at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The evening kicked off with a reception featuring some great food and drinks while listening to the talent of The Archie Alleyne Trio. Orange Lounge Recording artist Justin Hines and 19 year old singing sensation Simone Soman were hands down the crowd favorites of the evening. Some of Toronto’s top jazz vocalists including Julie Michels, Jackie Richardson and Heather Bambrick were also on hand to showcase their tremendous talents.

Concert for Inclusion Chair, Janice Martin said “The evening was a night to remember! The funds raised at this event will go a long way to continuing the great programs that ParaSport Ontario provides to athletes with a physical disability in Ontario.”

The presenting sponsors for the evening were Shoppers Home Health Care and Sprint Insight in association with Sunrise Medical, Elenchus Research Associates and Jazz FM.

ParaSport Ontario started hosting the most prestigious Multi-Sport Games in Ontario for athletes with a physical disability, with the first set of Summer Games in 1975. In 2006 the organization hosted its inaugural Ontario Winter ParaSport Games in Huntsville. The tradition of hosting Multi-Sport Games provides athletes with their first experience of competing in a Multi-Sport Games environment before heading off to national and international competitions.

Today, ParaSport Ontario works with different communities across the province to create sports clubs for persons with a physical disability as well as provides a grass roots development program called Ready, Willing & Able, a program aimed at getting young and newly injured people active in ParaSport. ParaSport Ontario currently has 13 affiliated clubs including the Mississauga Cruisers and Variety Village, plays an active role on the Toronto Accessible Sport Council and is an affiliate member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

“It was a tremendous honor to participate in this evening.” said Colin Mochrie, master of ceremonies for the evening. “All of the artists were fantastic and all the money went to a great cause.”

For more information on the Concert for Inclusion please contact Matt Rhodes, Communications Manager at (416) 426-7030 or by email at matt@parasportontario.ca.