Hundreds of Greater Toronto Area high school track athletes were on hand yesterday as Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse and his mother Beverly launched the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation at the OFSAA Central Regionals at Toronto’s York University.
Also present were his former coach Tony Sharpe and Frank Scarpitti, mayor of the City of Markham, Ont. (De Grasse’s home town). The foundation is “committed to empowering and inspiring youth through sport and education.”
The foundation’s first program is the Andre De Grasse Future Champions Fund, a joint venture with Athletics Canada, to which any high school athlete who is not yet training with a track club may apply. The goal of the fund is to help promising athletes realize their potential through sports and education.
It covers Athletics Ontario and club membership, all other expenses associated with travelling to meets, coaching with Tony Sharpe, strength training, nutrition and chiropractic support from professionals working with De Grasse, and academic support. The fund is emblematic of De Grasse’s mantra, “Speak it into existence.”
The foundation’s website may be found here.