Special Feature by Kate Gustafson of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

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On Saturday, February 22, the Toronto Marlies and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE)  hosted their annual Toronto Marlies Girl Guides Game.

Each year on February 22, Girl Guide members around the globe observe World Thinking Day. Girl Guides of Canada members mark this day by participating in activities with global themes and learning about important issues facing girls. Over 400 girls from Girl Guide units across southern Ontario were in attendance to celebrate the sport of hockey and participate in a leadership workshop before the game led by influential women from MLSE including Director of Basketball Operations for the Toronto Raptors, Teresa Resch, and members of the Toronto Furies.

140222-sm-301-TSG_7268Over the last decade, sport has increasingly been used as a tool for empowering girls. The Toronto Marlies were proud to host their own Girl Guides World Thinking Day workshop centered around careers, leadership and women’s issues that will enable girls to be confident, resourceful, courageous, and make a difference in their community.

The Girl Guides Game followed the Toronto Marlies 4th Annual Women’s Hockey Day recently and builds on the Toronto Marlies goal of providing experiences that empower girls and young women through hockey and leadership opportunities.

The Toronto Marlies 4th Annual Women’s Hockey Day was held on January 25 with over 13 different associations and 20 teams from across Ontario. Participation in sport and other physical activities that promote fitness and leadership such as hockey, challenges and expands norms that have previously limited girls and women. Over 75 skaters hit the ice at Ricoh Coliseum following the Marlies game for the opportunity to interact with members of the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League including Sammy Jo Small, Janelle Kohanchuk, Kori Cheverie, Kristy Zamora, and Lisa Mullan.

The Toronto Marlies look forward to providing many more dedicated opportunities for girls and young women through hockey to inspire and develop future leaders.

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