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Boston Pizza and the Toronto Blue Jays™ gave Canadian youngsters the chance to be a “Jr. Jay™ for a Day”


Nine Lucky Kids from across Canada participated in Jr. Jays activities at Rogers Centre™

TORONTO, Sept 9, 2017/CNW/: On Saturday September 9th, 9 lucky kids from across the country got “called up” to each become a Jr. Jay for a Day with the Toronto Blue Jays. As part of the inaugural Jr. Jay for a Day “signing”, the youngsters inked their deal with former Blue Jay and current Buffalo Bisons hitting coach, Devon White. They also received a team jersey and had their picture taken with Blue Jays mascot Ace™ and Boston Pizza’s Lionel.

“We were very excited to be work with the Toronto Blue Jays to give these nine future all-stars from across Canada the chance to participate in a very unique and memorable experience with the Blue Jays organization,” says James Kawalecki, Director of Marketing, Boston Pizza. A sentiment echoed by the Blue Jays themselves: “We enjoyed hosting all of these great Jr. Jays,” says Mark Ditmars, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Toronto Blue Jays. “We all grew up with dreams of playing professional baseball, so it was great to be able to work with Boston Pizza to give these kids a taste of what it’s like to be a Jr. Jay.”

The nine lucky kids won the chance to be a “Jr. Jay for a Day” by entering a national colouring contest within the Boston Pizza Kids Pack. They watched Saturday’s game from a luxury suite at Rogers Centre™ and participated in the Jr. Jays Starting Lineup, Seventh-Inning Stretch, and ran the bases after the game.  

Raw footage from Saturday's event is available on request.

About Boston Pizza

Boston Pizza International Inc. is Canada's No. 1 casual dining brand with more than 370 restaurants in Canada and more than $1 billion in sales. Annually, Boston Pizza serves more than 40 million guests. The company has been recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies. Boston Pizza believes that strong role models inspire kids to be great, and in 2014, the Boston Pizza Foundation created Future Prospects to help support organizations that mentor kids to reach their full potential. Boston Pizza International Inc. is located in Richmond, B.C., and has regional offices in Mississauga, Ontario and Laval, Quebec. For more information, visit

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