Press Release

Girls Inc. of Halton receives $25,000 investment from Jays Care Foundation!


Milton, ON (April 23, 2018) – Girls Inc. of Halton, the organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold, in collaboration with Jays Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays, is pleased to announce their 2018 summer partnership that will bring the Girls At Bat program to Halton.

Girls At Bat Halton is a community effort to increase the participation and retention of girls in developmental youth sports programs. Through education, public awareness and a $25,000 grant to Girls Inc. of Halton, Jays Care Foundation seeks a sustainable improvement to the overall health and development of 150+ girls in Halton this summer.

Jays Care Foundation’s Girls At Bat program is an investment in the future of girls, enabling Girls Inc. of Halton to make sports accessible, while imparting four foundational benefits of sports: Connection, Courage, Leadership and a Love of Sport. Girls who play sports have better overall physical health, higher grades in school, and a greater likelihood to attend college. The Girls At Bat Halton program will provide coaching, curriculum, equipment and team-building activities for all participants.

“The positive impact on the health and wellness of girls, attributable to taking part in development sports is undeniable,” said Shelley Nicholls, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Halton. “The Girls At Bat Halton program is an opportunity to reach more girls, at a critical stage in their development, and help them get moving towards greater health and confidence.”

Girls At Bat provides girls and women the opportunity to play baseball in a fun, safe and inclusive environment. By engaging in the program alongside female peers and role models, this program teaches girls the core life-skills inherent to baseball, including: teamwork, communication, determination, resiliency, inclusion, support and courage. We’re so excited to launch this growing partnership with Girls Inc. of Halton and we can’t wait to get started.” said Lauren Simeson, Senior Manager, Programs Jays Care Foundation.

To learn more about the program check out the registration website for details.

About Girls Inc. of Halton

Girls Inc. of Halton facilitates mentoring through individual and group programs “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” Our mandate is to provide a “pro-girl, all girl” environment where all girls:

  • Are encouraged to take positive risks
  • Interact with more female role models
  • Are recognized for their achievements.

In Canada over 50% of girls say they wish they were someone else, over 90% of girls feel pressure from the media to be thin. In grade six 36% of girls say they are confident, however by grade ten it is down to 14%. Information from the Canadian Statistics on how girls see themselves ( Based on the needs of our community and to help reduce the confidence sag in young women Girls Inc. Halton provides research based programming to ALL girls.

About Jays Care Foundation

Established in 1992, Jays Care uses baseball intentionally to create lasting social change for children and youth.  That’s why we help kids get involved in the game, build safe spaces in which they can plan and support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of all Canadian kids.

Jays Care Foundation has been recognized with the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy (2014), the Beyond Sport Sports Team of the Year Award (2013) and the MLB Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence (2012).  Since 2000, Jays Care has invested $17.25 million towards charitable and community programs across Canada.