SPORTS: A GIFT THAT BENEFITS KIDS 365 DAYS A YEAR!
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Our goal is to ensure all children and youth in our community have the opportunity to play, learn and develop through sports.
At the OSEG Foundation, we believe that by sharing our passion for sports through structured youth development programs, kids will have an opportunity to excel and reach their full potential.
Together, with our coaches and players from the Ottawa REDBLACKS and Ottawa 67s – the OSEG Foundation will develop programs and initiatives that get more kids off the sidelines and into the game.
Mission: The OSEG Foundation will be a catalyst for social change by leveraging the power of sport to improve the lives of children and youth.
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INCREASE YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN SPORT PROGRAMS
EXPAND CAPACITY OF SPORT FOR CHILDREN + YOUTH
STRENGTHEN INFRASTRUCTURE + SPORT DEVELOPMENT
The OSEG Foundation invests in developing programs and initiatives that provide opportunities for children and youth to play, learn and develop through sports. We are proud to offer the following signature programs: REDBLACKS Youth Mentorship Program, Girls on the Run Ottawa, Ottawa REDBLACKS Coaching Clinic, and Ottawa 67’s Coaching Clinic.
Additionally, the OSEG Foundation supports local initiatives that are aligned with our mission to be a catalyst for social change by leveraging the power of sport to improve the lives of children and youth.
REDBLACKS Football Clinic
With both the professional and amateur football seasons just around the corner, the Ottawa REDBLACKS are thrilled to invite coaches from all levels of football to the REDBLACKS Football Coaching Clinic.
Every child deserves the opportunity to experience camp. The OSEG Foundation Campership Fund works with local summer camps to provide children and youth, who may otherwise due to financial barriers be unable to attend, benefit from this experience. Camp provides children and youth with a safe and nurturing environment to connect, grow, and create lifelong memories. There is no better and more important time to offer a positive and potentially life-changing experience to the next generation.
Girls on the Run Ottawa
The OSEG Foundation is proud to announce that it is an Affiliate Council of Girls on the Run International and the first charitable Foundation in Canada to bring the Girls on the Run program to its local community. In alignment with the OSEG Foundation’s mission, Girls on the Run is committed to the development of important life skills through participation in sport, augmented by an evidence-based curriculum that helps girls manage emotions, resolve conflicts and make good decisions. Girls on the Run is a physical activity, positive youth development-based program that creatively integrates running and serves girls between grades 3-8.
Since the Fall of 2021, the OSEG Foundation has held the Girls on the Run Ottawa Program at the following locations:
- Blossom Park Public School – Spring 2022 to present
- Charles H. Hulse Public School – Spring 2022 to present
- Confederation Court Community House – Spring 2022 to present
- Hawthorne Public School – Spring 2022 to present
- Bayshore Public School – Fall 2021 to present
- Russell Heights Community House – Fall 2021
Girls On The Run Ottawa Supporters
REDBLACKS Mentorship Program
The REDBLACKS Mentorship program aims to help at-risk youth from vulnerable communities with high rates of failure to graduate (42% at program inception) and high rates of poverty (31% vs 13% overall in Ottawa) by connecting youth to Ottawa REDBLACKS players who will act as athlete mentors and role models to inspire the youth to pursue their dreams.
Many of the Ottawa REDBLACKS players attribute their own personal and professional success to coaches and mentors they’ve had along the way and are looking to “pay it forward” to the next generation.
Youth participating in the program are black and multicultural between the ages of 14-18, living in low-income communities, in complex family structures, who have experienced racism and discrimination.
Youth will benefit from mentoring relationships with Ottawa REDBLACKS players who share lived experience, can promote a strong cultural identity and provide encouragement, support, guidance and strategies for the youth to reach their fullest potential.
The program will help reduce the risk of youth engaging in risky behaviours such as dropping out of high school, conflict with the law, or violence in the community and increase youth sense of self-worth and self-agency by:
- Widening youth access to activities in the broader communities with an emphasis on personal development and positive experiences
- Providing youth with networking and employment opportunities
- Removing financial barriers to engaging in personal growth opportunities
REDBLACKS Mentorship Program Sponsors
Video courtesy of Greg Pilsworth. #girlscantackleanything #sportforall
St. Mark High School – All-Girls Tackle Football
History was made on April 29th, 2019 as the OSEG Foundation welcomed the St. Mark High School all-girls tackle football team to play on the field at TD Place as a Canadian first! These girls have made a statement that girls can tackle anything and sport for all is part of our community.
The OSEG Foundation was honoured to host the players, coaches, staff, and fans for a great afternoon of football to support their progress on a beautiful Spring Day!
What a tremendous achievement locally, regionally, and nationally to inspire youth to pursue sport equally because at St. Mark, these girls ask, “WHY NOT US?”
The OSEG Foundation is proud to work with hundreds of community volunteers, donors and business leaders to help raise funds and awareness for our Mission to make Ottawa more inclusive through sport. In 2019, we held the Women’s Training Camp in late July and our Gourmet on the Gridiron dinner on the field at TD Place. We are incredibly proud to collaborate on this initiative:
Start the day off right and help Santa fuel up before his long journey on Christmas Eve at the Horticulture Building by having breakfast with Santa!
All proceeds support the OSEG Foundation and provide opportunities for children and youth to play, learn and develop through sports.
Saturday Dec 18th at 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Jingle Bell Sponsor: Terlin Construction
The first-ever was such a huge success. Thank you!
Our gratitude to 350+ participants, sponsors, and volunteers
Thank you to our 350+ participants, sponsors, and volunteers for helping to make the 2018 REDBLACKS Women’s Training Camp Presented by St. Laurent such a huge success!
Together, we raised more than $105,000 for the OSEG Foundation. Those funds will be directed to programming that engages girls in sport and gives them an opportunity to learn from positive role models.
Janice Barresi – OSEG Foundation Executive Director
Nancy Crump – Senior Manager, Development and Donor Communications
Kim McLean – Senior Manager, Community Impact & Engagement
Ashley Richer – Senior Manager, Annual Giving
OSEG Foundation Board of Directors
Roger Greenberg, Chairman – OSEG Executive Chairman and Managing Partner; Executive Chairman, The Minto Group
John Ruddy – OSEG Managing Partner (Executive Chairman, Trinity Development Group Inc.)
Rob Ashe – Community Volunteer
Jim Durrell – President, Capital Dodge
Kathleen Grimes – President, Site Preparation Limited
Mark Goudie, Ex Officio – President and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group
Jim Orban – Community Volunteer
Ian M. Sherman – CEO, Relationship Capital Inc. and Contractor, EY
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OSEG Foundation Founding Donors
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our 25 Founding Donors, the OSEG Foundation raised $1.25 million in the Fall of 2017. Those funds will be invested in our community, allowing more children and youth to benefit from the power of sport.
Thank You to Our Founding Donors
Family of John & Maria Bassi
Barbara Crook & Dan Greenberg
Robert Greenberg & Family
Roger Greenberg & Cindy Feingold
Kathleen Grimes & Ersin Ozerdinc
Rick & Tracy Iafelice
Shawn & Elyse Lamarche
Dennis & Andrea Laurin
Paul McCarney & Suzanne Farhat
Robert & Susan Merkley
John & Christine Pugh
John & Jennifer Ruddy
William & Maureen Shenkman
Gary Zed & Family