Since May 2013, we have helped lead the effort to provide children across Ontario with the right to play sports and participate in physical activity. Our focus is on promoting good health and physical activity among children in Ontario and mitigating the impact of poverty on young participants.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Foundation is to promote good health and physical activity among children and youth, in Ontario, and to mitigate the impact of poverty on prospective young participants. These objects will be achieved by alleviating the prohibitive financial barriers to participation in sports and physical activity for those children in poverty and underprivileged youth who may otherwise be unable to afford participation in such activities. The Foundation provides publicly-available monetary grants based on financial need and without regard to physical ability or natural aptitude for sports generally. These grants cover the costs associated with children and youth playing various sports and participating in physical activity generally.

 

OUR Inspiration: Trevor Barton

May 12, 2016 marked the four-year anniversary of the unfortunate passing of Trevor Barton, a 20-year-old Londoner whose life was tragically taken in a train accident. Trevor was an outstanding person and a spectacular athlete, who excelled at baseball, basketball, and football. To support Trevor’s everlasting legacy, his friends and family have organized annual Trevor Barton Memorial Softball Tournaments and have created the Trevor Barton Memorial Foundation, which has obtained CRA approval to become a registered charity in Canada focused on alleviating poverty for underprivileged youth athletes. 

Trevor Barton will never be forgotten, and his impact on this world is only in its infancy.


Our prayers go out to him and his family from the Sportsnet family and the baseball family as well.
— Gregg Zaun, Sportsnet Analyst & Former MLB Player

OUR HISTORY

  • 12-May-2012 – Trevor Barton tragically passed away, marking the end of the life of a tremendous person and great athlete 
  • 12-May-2013 – Inaugural Trevor Barton Memorial Softball Tournament
    • On short notice and in fierce weather conditions, the First Annual TB Tournament was a great success on both emotional and financial levels, bringing together friends, family, and members of the local community for a day of sports, laughs, and great memories.  
  • 04-May-2014 – Second Annual Trevor Barton Memorial Softball Tournament 
    • With greater lead-time, and again fighting against some unfriendly weather conditions, the Second Annual TB Tournament was highly successful, attracting ~50% more teams and raising ~250% more proceeds for the cause, as compared to the Inaugural Tournament. 
  • 01-Dec-2014 – Filed Canadian charity application with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
    • Pending CRA review, the Foundation will become a registered charity in Canada.
  • 01-Apr-2015 – Website launched to the public
  • 18-Jul-2015 – Third Annual Trevor Barton Memorial Softball Tournament 
    • The Third Annual Tourney generated proceeds before expenses of over $20,000 – more than 35% greater than last year’s totals – and benefited from clear skies, generous sponsors, and energetic participants.
  • 18-Jun-2016 – Fourth Annual Trevor Barton Memorial Softball Tournament 
    • The Fourth Annual tournament had over 200 participants and generated gross revenue in excess of $25,000. Compared to the prior year, with roughly the same number of participants, this represents an approximately 20% increase.
  • 26-Nov-2016 – The Trevor Barton Foundation Received Charitable Status from the Canada Revenue Agency