TORONTO, June 28, 2017—Young Construction Leaders (YCL) put their athletic skills—along with their hearts—on display by participating in this year’s MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) Team Up Challenge presented by Ford of Canada. Seven YCL teams participated in the hockey, basketball and soccer tournament and raised just over $50,000 in pledges to raise funds for Camp Trillium, a camp for kids living with cancer and their families.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the YCL teams that contributed to this year’s Team Up Challenge,” says YCL Chair Matt Henderson. “All of our YCL participants worked hard to raise money for this wonderful cause and had a great time doing it.” Having been involved in the annual event last year, members at YCL were even more determined to make an impact through the challenge this year. “Our top three teams; Tucker HiRise, Harbinger Network Inc., and Ledcor Group all raised in excess of $8,000,” says Henderson.

The MLSE Team Up Challenge presented by Ford of Canada is an all-day sports tournament where teams compete in soccer, basketball, and ball hockey with the goal of raising money to enrich the lives of kids who count on Camp Trillium. Participants have the opportunity to compete at Downsview Park and HoopDome and enjoy an entire day filled with sports, music, entertainment and philanthropy. To compete in the tournament, teams of 8-10 must reach a minimum fundraising target of $5,000.

The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre offers and promotes recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. Each team participating in the Challenge is paired with a Camp Trillium family who serves as their honorary coaches to motivate them throughout their fundraising and cheer for them on Game Day.

“The teams from Young Construction Leaders made a significant impact on the success of the MLSE Team Up Challenge,” said MLSE Foundation Executive Director Michael Bartlett.. “YCL’s total of more than $50,000 was the biggest contribution from any single group at the event this year. Their determination to help Camp Trillium kids and their families were gratefully received and truly inspiring.”

Quick Facts About MLSE Team Up Challenge presented by Ford of Canada and Camp Trillium

  • For the MLSE Team Up Challenge presented by Ford of Canada, each team is required to recruit a total of eight to 10 players, including at least one female player. Players will try their hand in all three sports, playing two soccer, two hockey and two basketball games before advancing to the next level.
  • 20-minute games ensure players will get a good sweat and are challenged to really show their skills. Each team is required to have at least one female team member on the playing field at all times.
  • Camp Trillium offers year-round recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together.
  • The Trillium Centre provides an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.
  • With 54 programs based in local communities two residential camps in Ontario, all of Camp Trillium’s programs are free to the families. They are funded by donations from individuals, service clubs, businesses, and foundations.


YCL is a group for young professionals in the construction, design and development industries. It is meant mostly for those 40 years and younger, but the main intent behind the group is to promote network relationships within the construction industry, develop a forum to establish industry contacts and leads, provide information on industry activities, promote opportunities for TCA (Toronto Construction Association) members to invest in their employees’ development and develop leadership skills.


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