SPORTS: A GIFT THAT BENEFITS KIDS 365 DAYS A YEAR!

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Our Game Plan

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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Key Priorities

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INCREASE YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN SPORT PROGRAMS

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EXPAND CAPACITY OF SPORT FOR CHILDREN + YOUTH

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STRENGTHEN INFRASTRUCTURE + SPORT DEVELOPMENT

Community Impact

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.

 

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.

In the fall of 2021, the OSEG Foundation will hold the Girls on the Run Ottawa program at the following locations:

  • Bayshore Public School
  • Russell Heights Community House

 

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For more information about the program, please visit www.girlsontherunottawa.ca or contact Jenn Taing, Senior Manager – Community Impact and Engagement at jtaing@oseg.ca  

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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.

 

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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

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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?”

 

We Support Local Charitable Initiatives

The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, the OSEG Foundation and our sports teams – the Ottawa REDBLACKS and the Ottawa 67’s  – are proud to support local charitable initiatives that give more children and youth the opportunity to engage in sport and sport development. Over the last year, we have partnered with a number of local organizations to create positive social change.

One of the most notable partnerships involved the refurbishment of the educational and learning areas at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre School. The OCTC school serves medically complex and technologically dependent students in kindergarten through Grade 3. The upgrades, which incorporate fun activity zones, murals, interactive exploration walls and creative learning spaces – are designed to help improve the everyday learning and therapeutic experience of the students. The OCTC school renovation project was a collaboration between the Smilezone Foundation and the Ottawa 67s.

The Ottawa REDBLACKS are deeply committed to investing in our young athletes and growing the sport of football, and to that end over the last three years we’ve contributed over $350,000 to minor football programs in our community. As an extension of that commitment, the Ottawa REDBLACKS and the OSEG Foundation are hosting a series of Coaching Clinics, giving minor football coaches like you access to professional coaching staff and the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques for all levels of play. Additionally, through the Coaching Clinics you will be exposed to key strategies that will help with practice organization, offensive/defensive and special teams drill selection and overall fundamentals of the game.

The first REDBLACKS Football Coaching Clinic was hosted on April 14, 2018 with 135 minor football coaches taking part resulting in 1,080 hours of coaching instruction. The coaches will be sharing the skills and techniques they learned with approximately 4,050 children and youth in our community.

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Signature Events + Community Partnerships

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:

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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

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The first-ever was such a huge success. Thank you!

Our first Gourmet on the Gridiron Presented by Site Preparation Limited was amazing. The sold-out crowd of close to 400 participants gathered on the field at TD Place for an evening of football and fun with the Ottawa REDBLACKS. Hosted by TSN’s Kate Beirness and CTV Ottawa’s Henry Burris (Honorary President of the OSEG Foundation), the evening included a photo-op with the Grey Cup, a chat with CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie, a spiral throwing lesson with REDBLACKS QB Trevor Harris and a kicking demo with REDBLACKS kicker Lewis Ward. Along with picture-perfect weather for the evening, guests also enjoyed a four-course meal courtesy of Levy, a signature VIP cocktail presented by BDO, and gourmet donuts sponsored by Palladium Insurance. Thank you to all of our Gourmet on the Gridiron sponsors and guests for helping to raise close to $200,000 for youth sports programs through the OSEG Foundation.

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.

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Meet the OSEG Foundation Team

Our Staff

Henry Burris / OSEG Foundation Honorary President

Janice Barresi / OSEG Foundation Executive Director

Nancy Crump / Senior Manager, Development and Donor Communications

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

Contact Us

OSEG Foundation

1015 Bank Street

Ottawa, ON

K1S 3W7, Canada

Call: 613-232-6767

Email: foundation@oseg.ca

Charitable Registration # 89423 9524 RR0001

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
Don Bayne
Barbara Crook & Dan Greenberg
Robert Greenberg & Family
Roger Greenberg & Cindy Feingold
Kathleen Grimes & Ersin Ozerdinc
Hindo Family
Peter Hudson
Rick & Tracy Iafelice
Shawn & Elyse Lamarche
Dennis & Andrea Laurin
Paul McCarney & Suzanne Farhat
Kevin McCrann

Maxwell Family
Mrak Family
Robert & Susan Merkley
John & Christine Pugh
Shawn Rivers
John & Jennifer Ruddy
Shabinsky Family
William & Maureen Shenkman
Taggart-Parkes Family
Gary Zed & Family
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