March 6, 2018
The Toronto Sport Summit provides an annual opportunity for community sport leaders, organizations and funding partners to come together for workshops, discussions, networking and brainstorming. The event's main partners are the City of Toronto, the Toronto Sports Council, the Toronto Accessible Sports Council and the Humber School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism.
Each year the Sport Management and Recreation & Leisure Services students work together to bring this event to life, support the Sport Summit event partners, and build their own industry connections. This year they helped pull together an amazing event, which focused on ways to improve access to sport and recreation for all, regardless of ability, status or circumstance.
This dynamic day began with words of welcome from the emcee, Paul Rosen. Paul Rosen is a Canadian ice sledge hockey goalie and motivational speaker. As a youth, he suffered a leg injury during a hockey game, resulting in an amputation at age 39. Since then, he became the oldest rookie in the history of the Paralympic winter games and now dedicates his time to inspiring others to follow their dreams and never give up. His keynote address was a testament to the power of positive thinking and believing in yourself.
After Rosen's introduction, the audience heard from the City of Toronto's Councillor Crisanti, who presented Rosen as the newest City of Sport Ambassador, working to educate and empower youth through sport. Heather Mitchell, Chair of the Toronto Sports Council, then introduced the structure of the event and the inspiration behind it.
The panel hosted during the morning session of the summit focused on inclusion in sport and featured prominent voices including Social Planning Toronto, OutSport Toronto and the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council.
The remainder of the day was filled with a series of informative and engaging breakout sessions covering the following topics: facility permitting; successful grant writing; Parks, Forestry and Recreation Sport Plan; disability in sport; organizational effectiveness and Basketball Club excellence.
On top of these presentations and formal discussions, the Toronto Sport Summit provided an opportunity for informal networking and idea sharing.
Thank you to everyone who made this event possible including the event partners, our students and attendees.
Read the Q&A with our Sport Management student planners: