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Toronto Schools to partner with UFC for community service program??

Onion2011-12-08 19:42:11 +0000 #1
With a huge anti-bullying campaign on the rise here, the timing of this is great; but I doubt it will pass, even though the councilor is the mayor's brother.

So far one news poll has it at 65% of readers favouring "no"

Toronto councilor Doug Ford is endorsing a community service program backed by the mixed martial arts league, Ultimate Fighting Championship for the city’s schools.

A report published in the Toronto Star states that one of Ford’s assistants asked a Toronto District School Board trustee to pass along a brochure on the “UFC Community Works” initiative.

The brochure states the program encourages "the development of discipline, respect, teamwork, honesty, time management and physical fitness" through mixed martial arts and meetings with UFC fighters.

One Toronto District School Board trustee said the program simply doesn't fit in with the board's principles.

“A key value that the TDSB upholds is that learning environments be safe, nurturing, positive, and respectful,” TDSB trustee Pamela Gough told

“My take on this particular request from the councillor is that it would not pass the scrutiny of these filters and the Board's policies. However, he is welcome to make the request.”

Ford's suggestion comes the same week that the McGuinty government proposed a tough new anti-bullying law that would, if passed, allow Ontario schools to permanently expel students for discriminating and taunting others.

Do you think the TDSB should be involved with the UFC in community outreach programs? Vote in our poll.

Onion2011-12-08 19:49:16 +0000 #2
Here's a description of the program, which is already in use at some Toronto Schools

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® today launched a new initiative aimed at helping communities across Canada. The UFC Community Works® program seeks to make meaningful contributions to communities in need from coast to coast with a particular focus on at-risk youth.

UFC® Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright and Ontario native and UFC® fighterSam Stout made the announcement today at Toronto’s Cabbagetown Youth Centre (CYC). Together, they announced a $129,000 commitment to Canadian communities over the next 12 months. The CYC will be the first to benefit from this initiative, receiving a grant to purchase much-needed mixed martial arts (MMA) equipment as part of their programming that maintains a specific focus on at-risk children and youth.

Just as the sport of MMA can be instrumental in the promotion of such important life skills as discipline, respect and teamwork, UFC Community Works® will tie itself to communities and/or organizations that lack opportunity and that can benefit from a helping hand.

“We made a public commitment to give back when we first opened our Canadian office,” said Tom Wright. “The UFC has had such amazing support from all across Canada and we’re proud to introduce this program. UFC Community Works is going to be a catalyst to promoting good works in good communities.”

UFC Community Works® will develop its mandate and reach out to communities and organizations in need, particularly where UFC® events are held. The program can tailor its support to the needs of the community and adapt as priorities evolve. It can affect positive change through a number of means, which include hosting speaker series and MMA training sessions with at-risk youths, donating funds or equipment to a community gym or training centre, building partnerships and/or raising awareness about important social issues.

About the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (CYC)

The Cabbagetown Youth Centre (CYC) was founded in 1972 as the Cabbagetown Boxing Club to provide at-risk youth with positive alternatives through sport and recreation, while encouraging ongoing education. Over the past 37 years, the CYC has expanded to meet the growing needs of the community to provide a complete range of recreational, social and educational & skill development programs for ages ranging from newborns to seniors, while maintaining a specific focus on at-risk children and youth.

CYC’s mandate is to provide barrier-free access to a full range of programs otherwise not available to some of the most marginalized and high-need children, youth and families through the support and creation of sustainable programming to respond to gap in services and combat risk factors. As a result, over the years the CYC has expanded from its original site at 2 Lancaster Avenue by establishing three satellite sites at 650 Parliament Street, 240 Wellesley Street East and 260 Wellesley Street East, in the heart of St. James Town, one of North America’s most densely populated and underserviced communities. CYC also operates programs at Rose Avenue Public School and Winchester Public School.
JJBuck2011-12-08 19:50:53 +0000 #3
Makes sense to me, doubt our local schools ould take advantage of it, or even bother to understand the logic.

Here, we're "zero tolerence" ... which I call "zero thinking".

Kids are told/taught one thing and one thing only, "tell an adult". No matter what happens to them, their first action should be telling a teacher. They try to defend themselves ... zero tolerance ... they get in as much trouble as the bully.

I'd guess even the lomg standing Police Athletic League which has a great boxing program wouldn't be accepted as public policy by the school district.



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