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We need your help to save our community basketball programs. The Toronto District School Board is raising our Gym Fees. Take action now. Send this letter to the TDSB Trustees.

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Cathy Dandy - Ward 15
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Sheila Cary-Meagher - Ward 16
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September 11, 2012

On behalf of the Scarborough Basketball Association, I’m asking for your assistance in resolving an issue created by the recent changes in the fee structure of the TDSB Permit Department. These changes may result in the loss of a community based basketball program for 2500 youngsters and adolescents in the Scarborough and downtown Toronto communities.

As you may or may not know, the TDSB recently increased the permit fees by over 400 percent. Gym permit fees are our biggest single expense.

Our organization runs house league programs, summer and spring break camps, rep teams, and youth mentoring and development programs.

One result of our successes is meeting the needs of the youth in Scarborough and Toronto, has been that the size of our organization has continually grown which; in turn, has meant that we have had to request the use of many TDSB gym facilities. As a result, we were informed last week by the TDSB Permit Department that the SBA had been reclassified from a Subsidized Level 1 to the Subsidized Level 2 category effective September 1, 2012. This change has resulted in permit fees increasing in the range of 400 percent. What is the impact? This will lead to higher registration costs to the children and their families that participate in our programs as our Club is not sponsored by any major company and is forced to rely on player registration fees as its main source of revenue. The consequence will be the boys and girls (many of which are TDSB students) that use the stability, guidance and support of an organized sports program such as the one that SBA provides will no longer be able to afford these programs, and tragically these children and adolescents may find less productive ways to spend their spare time.

We have been serving the Scarborough community for 16 years. Through basketball we have taught thousands of youngsters, not only basketball skills but also “life lessons”. We have changed the lives of many of our players, by encouraging them to work hard in the classroom and on the court and to respect their parents, themselves and others. Many players have improved in their studies according to their parents because of the reinforcement of positive attitude. Many have stayed in high school and graduated. Some have received college and university scholarships in both Canada and the United States. As you would expect, this has made a significant impact on their lives, the lives of their families, and their friends. We bring these former players back to serve as role models and mentors to our present players. In fact, this past summer, Cory Joseph, a former SBA player who now plays for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, spent time at our summer camps in August working with and talking to the campers.

As a not-for-profit organization, all of our fees go directly into the delivery of our programs. As a volunteer based organization, we do not pay our coaches or our directors. We certainly have not had a “surplus fund” at the end of any season.

We all share in the same goal of improving the lives of youth, I’m asking for your support and guidance with my request. I’m asking for your assistance to have the SBA reinstated as a “Subsidy Level 1” organization from the “Subsidy Level 2” status. This will mean that the Club will be able to continue as it has for 16 years which is to serve the youth by providing guidance and the opportunity to “get off the streets and into gyms” to play basketball rather than being worried about raising more than $100 000 extra revenue to pay for the revised classification.

Please, let me know whom I can work with at the TDSB to make this happen. Thank you very much for your interest and support in our youth basketball club.

Sincerely,


Sam Moncada
President, SBA
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