Month: March 2014

The forKICKS Athletics and Education Organization at the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village

forkicksSgt Stephen Hicks from Toronto Police Division 31 and his organization forKICKS Athletics and Education Organization sponsored by ProAction Cops and Kids will be running community programs at the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village.  to many children from challenged families and allow them to play soccer in organized indoor and outdoor leagues. Through the assistance of “Proaction Cops and Kids”, a Toronto  Police Sponsorship initiative, Sgt. Hicks and his “forKicks” program has annually sponsored up to 100 children in the Toronto Azzurri Summer Development League. The “ProAction Cops and Kids” funds also allows Sgt. Hicks to run other sport programs for “At Risk” kids such as Flag Football, Aussie Rules, Wrestling and Tug ‘o War. Education programs will include anti-bullying, gang reduction, financial literacy, “flashlight Freddy” and nutrition.

ProActionThe Toronto Azzurri S.C. are proud to work closely with the forKICKS Athletics and Education Organization and will continue to offer sport and cultural opportunities in our new Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village.

Grassroots soccer development continues in Downsview

It was the vision of three individuals who believed that through sport, and specifically the game of soccer, they could help shape the lives of young men. The year was 1968. The Leafs were the Stanley Cup Champions and minor soccer in the Oakwood and St.Clair area was centered around the YMCA on Robina Ave. There was a vibrant soccer pulse centered around Earlscourt Park just blocks west. Aldo Principe,a bank manager during the day, had coached and managed youth teams out of the YMCA since the early 60’s, teamed up with Joe Vaccari and Sam Ciccolini, two young entrepreneurs, to form the Westwood Young Generation Soccer Club.

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Planning for the Grand opening of the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village

The building committee had their first onsite planning meetiing for the grand opening of the Toronto Azzurri Youth Sport Village. Committee member Ralph Ciccia is seen here discussing plans with Toronto City Councillor Maria Augimeri. Sargeant Steve Hicks from 31 Division is also in the picture. He is a long time friend and partner with the Toronto Azzurri, and his forKICKS programs will play an important role to help youth in the community.

Chairman Bob Iarusci discussed the progress of the project with all the attendees.  “We are planning the ribbon cutting ceremony for sometime in April”, Iarusci explained to the group. “There is so much potential! As you can see, the clubhouse is comprised of a 2,000 square foot activity room.  It can be used for athletic activities, classroom set-up for educational programming, arts, music and dance classes. It will be equipped with a giant presentation screen and surround sound set-up.”

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