To celebrate its new partnership, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and the Toronto Raptors recognized the courageous men and women of Toronto’s Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services on Friday at the game versus the Charlotte Bobcats.
In appreciation of these everyday heroes and to bring attention to the amazing work they do in the Toronto community, the game included various elements to celebrate the First Responders. On hand were Chief Paul Raftis of the Toronto Emergency Medical Services, Deputy Chief Mark Saunders of the Toronto Police Service, Deputy Chief Mike McCoy of the Toronto Fire Services and other uniformed First Responders. As a tribute to the services, a special presentation was played before the game to recognize this new collaboration. Toronto Raptor small forward Rudy Gay and President and COO of MLSE, Tom Anselmi also had the opportunity to thank the First Responder representatives in person on court for the selfless work they do every day.
Throughout the arena, Raptors fans had the chance to interact with representatives from each of the First Responders in the concourse and in Maple Leaf Square where emergency vehicles were parked. Fans were able to speak to First Responders, show their appreciation and learn about the brave work they do and some of their community initiatives. This partnership celebration also included a special Toronto Police Service halftime where 12 youth aged 8 to 12 years had the opportunity to play on the Toronto Raptors basketball court.