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Leafs launch 50/50 draw in support of youth scholarships

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
The Ontario Principals' Council Learning Foundation and Go Kids Go! The Leaf Fund, the charitable fundraising arm of the Toronto Maple Leafs, have joined together to help children and youth who have special abilities and passions but not the opportunity, to pursue potentially life-transforming studies in music, drama, dance and other fields.

Funding for the Youth Scholarship Program of OPCLF and Go Kids Go! will come from 50/50 draws held at every Toronto Maple Leafs home game throughout the 2001-02 hockey season, commencing with the Leafs season-opener October 3. Fans attending Leaf games at Air Canada Centre can purchase 50/50 Draw tickets (one for $3, or two for $5) for a chance to win that evening's jackpot. The winner of each jackpot receives 50% of the total ticket proceeds with the other 50% going to the Youth Scholarship Program.

OPC's Learning Foundation was established by Ontario's school leaders to help identify and remove social, economic and physical learning barriers for students. "Principals and vice-principals are in the unique position of identifying those students who can best benefit from this help," said Ted Whiteland, chair of the OPCLF and principal of Vanier Public School in Brockville, Ontario.

The Ontario Principal's Council represents almost 5,000 principals and vice-principals in Ontario's publicly funded elementary and secondary schools.

Go Kids Go! supports children's charities and important community initiatives throughout the Toronto area, raising more than $1 million annually.

"How many times have we all seen a student who has a special talent and drive, and thought, 'if only he or she had a chance...' to take this course or that program to give that special ability a chance," said Leafs president Ken Dryden. "These scholarships will be able to offer that 'if only' opportunity."

The Leafs 50/50 Draw expects to raise $100,000 this season in support of the Youth Scholarship Program.
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