Category Archives: Sports

Be an Ontario 55+ Summer Games Volunteer

Mississauga is the official host city for the 2018 Ontario 55+ Summer Games, a celebration of active living, taking place August 10 to 12. With less than six months to go, the City is assembling its volunteer team and taking applications.

Approximately 1,400 participants 55 years or older from across Ontario will compete in active and passive activities, including pickleball, cycling, euchre, tennis and more. Becoming a volunteer at the Games is a great way to support the community, learn about new activities and be part of a team.

About 400 volunteers will be required for roles like welcoming participants, assisting in the production of the opening ceremonies, helping run sport competitions and providing information to guests.

All Ontario 55+ Summer Games volunteers must be:
• 16 years of age or older
• available during August 10 to 12 inclusive
• available to attend an orientation session in July

Interested in this Unique Opportunity?
Volunteer applications can be completed online at osgmississauga.ca/volunteer. The online volunteer application captures information about skills and experience, preferences and availability.

Questions about volunteering can be directed to osg55info@mississauga.ca.

For more information about the Ontario 55+ Summer Games, visit osgmississauga.ca.

The Hershey Centre to be renamed The Paramount Centre July 1st

The City of Mississauga’s iconic sports complex, currently called the Hershey Centre, will soon bear a new name and logo. The multi-purpose sports arena and entertainment venue will undergo a name change just shy of its 20th anniversary. Hershey Canada Inc. decided not to renew the naming rights agreement set to expire on June 30, 2018.

“The City has a great long-standing business relationship with Hershey Canada. We understood that this was a difficult business decision for the company,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “We’d like to thank Hershey Canada for their partnership over the last two decades and wish them well with their future ventures.”

Hershey Canada’s decision not to renew prompted the City to look for a new sponsor late last year. Paramount Fine Foods (Paramount) expressed interest and opted to purchase the naming rights through a new ten-year agreement.

Lichterman added, “We’re excited to be working with Paramount on this agreement. With final approval from Council, we look forward to fostering this partnership and the opportunities it will bring to the city. As we approach the July 1 transition date, we will begin to update signage, websites and other facility assets to help local sports clubs, residents and fans around the city adjust to a new name.”

As part of the signed agreement, Paramount will be given the naming and signage rights to the sports complex, which includes the sports arena and entertainment venue, the community rinks, the Mississauga SportZone and outdoor sports fields. Under the proposed terms:

• the Hershey Centre will become the Paramount Centre
• the Hershey Community Rinks will become the Paramount Community Rinks
• the Mississauga SportsZone will become the Paramount SportZone
• the Hershey Sports Fields will become the Paramount Sports Fields

“Today marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Paramount Fine Foods. We are extremely proud to partner with the City of Mississauga in the naming of one of Mississauga’s true landmarks, the Paramount Centre,” said Mohamad Fakih, Founder and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods. “Since opening the first Paramount Middle Eastern Restaurant back in 2007, I have always believed it is important to give back to the community and support the wonderful things the City of Mississauga stand for.”

Fakih, who calls Mississauga home says, “I am proud to continue to grow the Paramount Restaurants Brand in a city that believes in cultural diversity, innovation and small business development. This passion and inclusiveness are what makes Mississauga thrive as a community. I am truly honored and thankful for the support the people of Mississauga have given me and my family. We look forward to sharing many memorable moments to come at the new Paramount Centre.”

Through the sponsorship agreement, Paramount will also provide food services to the entire facility, including all concessions and events.

The City will continue to use the Hershey name until June 30, 2018.

ERIN MILLS TOWN CENTRE INVITES FAMILIES TO JOIN THEM AT THE SPRING INTO ACTION SPORTS AND CAMPS SHOW

Erin Mills Town Centre is pleased to participate in the 25th Annual Sports Week Celebrations in Mississauga. Community residents are invited to discover a variety of sporting and healthy lifestyle activities at Erin Mills Town Centre at its ‘Spring into Action’ Sports and Camp Show. Engaging displays and activities will take place on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, from 10am to 5pm, located on the lower level of the shopping centre.

“The Sports & Camps Show is all part of Erin Mills Town Centre’s ongoing commitment to encourage the community to get active, enjoy life and live healthier,” states Francesca Bourré, Erin Mills Town Centre’s Marketing Director. “We’re really looking forward to meeting people from the community and helping them find ways to participate in all the great programs available to them in Mississauga.”

A healthy lifestyle begins with regular physical activity, and Erin Mills Town Centre looks forward to bringing both children and adults from the area together to discover the array of health-focused (and fun!) local community programming.

Visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions from knowledgeable experts and sign up for sports programs, while enjoying exciting displays, demonstrations, fun interactive activities, a photo booth and a chance to win great prizes.

In addition to discovering Mississauga’s range of sports programs and activities, guests can also look forward to meeting with local Olympians and Mississauga Sports Hall of Famers who will be on site.

CLA Board Accepts Resignation of Three National Team Program Volunteers

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Lacrosse Association’s Board of Directors have accepted the resignation of three members of its National Team Program – Dean French, Chairman; Dave Huntley, Director, Men’s Field Lacrosse; and Johnny Mouradian, Director, Box Lacrosse – effective immediately.

These individuals tendered their resignation to the Board in writing on October 22, 2017, and the decision to accept it was made during the Board’s meeting on November 17, 2017.

“We would like to sincerely thank Dean, Dave and Johnny for the time and energy they have given to the National Team Program over the years,” said Joey Harris, President, Canadian Lacrosse Association. “The international success on the floor and the field was due in no small part to the leadership of these individuals.”

Positive results on the playing field are one of many priorities that a National Team Program must focus on to be deemed successful.

“As the governing body for all aspects of the sport of lacrosse in Canada, we have determined that to enhance lacrosse in our country we needed to create a model that better integrates our National Team Program with all other aspects of our sport,” stated Harris.

Off the playing field is where the CLA and this group disagreed and the differences are irreconcilable.

“We will take this as an opportunity to enhance the National Team Program, building off the elements that are already in place, to ensure that we meet our Sport Canada funding criteria and remain fiscally transparent and responsible to our members,” added Harris.

All inquiries or requests for comment on this matter should be directed to Joey Harris, President, Canadian Lacrosse Association.

About the Canadian Lacrosse Association

Founded in 1867, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 80,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. The CLA’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We strive to accomplish this while adhering to our core values of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. The CLA oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The CLA is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners – New Balance Athletics, Warrior Sports, Westjet, and Baron Rings – as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. For more information on Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit our website at www.lacrosse.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.