230,000 kids having a ball in 2016 Timbits Soccer Program

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Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio and Timbits Soccer player Ben celebrate the Timbits Soccer season.

Some are learning a new sport. Many are making new friends. Everyone is encouraged to have fun. More than 230,000 kids across Canada have put on their jerseys and are participating in Timbits Soccer, a community-oriented program that provides opportunities for kids aged four to nine to play house league soccer.

“Making a positive impact in the communities where Tim Hortons restaurants are located continues to be a top priority for us,” says David Clanachan, President and COO, Tim Hortons Canada, and soccer enthusiast. “We launched the Timbits Minor Sports Program in 1982, and because of our dedicated Restaurant Owners, soccer club representatives, and parents and participants, this program continues to grow each and every year. The goal of all our minor sports programs is having fun, and encouraging activity for youth both mentally and physically. We want to wish every player a great season this year!”

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To celebrate the season and welcome this year’s Timbits Soccer players, Tim Hortons launched on Wednesday a new YouTube video series called TIMBITS® Talks, featuring conversations between Timbits Minor Sports Program participants and professional athletes. The first video  features Toronto-born, Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio with Timbits Soccer player Ben, sharing their passion for soccer.

Jonathan Osorio

“I started playing soccer when I was three years old in my home town of Toronto,” says Jonathan Osorio, Midfielder, Toronto FC. “My favourite thing about playing minor soccer was having orange slices at halftime, and the most important lesson I learned on the field was to always have fun. There’s no doubt that playing soccer at a young age helped fuel my passion and helped lead me to become a professional. My advice to kids who are playing today is to practice hard every day, and enjoy every minute of playing the game we love.”

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Tim Hortons is a proud supporter of youth soccer in Canada. Since 2007, more than 1.9 million children have participated in the Timbits Soccer program, and in 2016 alone, Timbits Soccer will provide more than 2.8 million hours of extracurricular activity. Programs like Timbits Soccer help to ensure soccer is alive and kicking in communities across the country, so that kids can continue to benefit from the physical skills the game develops and the positive social interactions it encourages.

“A few years ago our minor soccer league closed, leaving the kids in our community without a way to play organized soccer,” says Judy Vanderveer, Community Recreation Coordinator, Town of Gravenhurst. “We reached out to Tim Hortons, and thanks to its generous support, we were able to bring our soccer program back. We’re in our second year of the program and we have more than 150 kids registered. It’s amazing to see the kids having fun and being active. We wouldn’t have soccer in Gravenhurst without Tim Hortons.”

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Every Timbits Soccer player receives a jersey, socks, soccer ball and participant medal. For more information about the Timbits Minor Sports Programs, visit timhortons.com or contact your local Soccer Club. – CNW

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