Maple Leafs, Raptors, Blue Jays, TFC and Argonauts Team Together To Create Special Assistance Fund For Event Staff
TORONTO - As COVID-19 has brought unforeseen challenges to the Toronto sports landscape and entire GTA community, Team Presidents Brendan Shanahan of the Maple Leafs, Bill Manning of TFC and the Argonauts, Masai Ujiri of the Raptors and Mark Shapiro of the Blue Jays have teamed up and are personally contributing and leading the charge for their teams to create a special assistance fund to further assist arena/stadium and support staff for their respective organizations should they be in need of extra financial assistance during this very difficult time.
The Team Toronto Fund will see team management, coaches and players from all five teams contribute to the fund to provide additional aid to the many workers that support them each and every day and night.
"As we're dealing with these unprecedented circumstances, we're seeing this as a time where our communities can band together and take care of one another," said Toronto Maple Leafs President & Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan. "So many of our staff provide us love and support every day they come to work, so we see this as an opportunity to reciprocate those same virtues in this time of uncertainty. Our employees are part of the fabric of our team and following the leadership of MLSE's ownership group along with CEO Michael Friisdahl, who led the launch of the financial assistance program for employees, our players, coaches and management all wanted to pitch in to help ease some of the burden and worry that affects so many at this difficult time."