Summer & School-Year Program

Lay-Up is a cost-free, city-wide, year-round basketball program centred around the culture of basketball. Its evidence-based program is available to children and youth ages 6-14 living in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvements Areas.

The Summer & School-Year Program supports Lay-Up’s core programming, including eight summer camps and after-school programs. Impacting over 3,000 participants, these programs provide youth the ability to obtain socio-emotional skills, nurture positive relationships with coaches, and cope with stressful situations. In addition to the core programming, select youth are also provided with robust and paid training and employment, helping them achieve positive mental health outcomes. AMDF has supported the Summer Program since 2020 and is thrilled to support this expanded program as of 2023.

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"Lay-Up's ability to deliver programming that is intentional about positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes for youth is directly connected to the support of the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation. As a funder, they have always been able to see how programs built at the intersection of basketball and creativity could be a powerful vehicle to deliver on this shared mission."

Chris Penrose

Executive Director