Durham Lords Visit Ontario Shores

April 01, 2010

Durham LordsDurham College Lords basketball players visited Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) Wednesday, March 31 to provide instruction to patients and take part in scrimmage.

Durham Lords Tyler McGarrity works with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences patients during a skills and scrimmage event Wednesday, March 31, 2010
  
Lords’ varsity players Erin Emery, Alicia Del Fuoco, Jessica Newton, Tyler Pelley, Courtney Small, and Tyler McGarrity took patients through a series of drills to teach them the fundamentals of the game and finished the evening with a high-paced scrimmage. Patients showed off their own talents making for a funfilled evening.

“It was a great experience,” said Mark, who participated in the event. “It was fun being able to play with the representatives from the Durham Lords.”

Community and partnerships are fundamental to both Ontario Shores and Durham College. Through partnerships and collaboration the barriers of mental health stigma can be reduced allowing everyone, regardless of illness, to achieve their goals.

"All of our student-athletes have made strong commitment to the local community through involvement," said Ken Babcock, Durham College athletic director. "We encourage all of our teams to get involved with community initiatives by lending a helping hand to the neighbourhoods in which they live in."

The Lords also donated basketballs which were handed out to patients during a draw.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001