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Season 9 of EOSCL – Event Ontario Softball Cricket League had its media launch in June with team captains and sponsors.

Milton Villager has been honoured to take part each seasons either with our own team or as a sponsor. It’s great to see how the league has grown steadily with this year having over 440 players!

Great seeing both returning players as well as new ones. Team Organizer Riaz Murad said it best when he talked about “brotherhood and friendship first” and that we are all here to have fun.

EOSCL also mentioned that they are starting girls and women’s cricket teams this year as well. So all age groups, genders and backgrounds are welcome

A program for our youth rooted in the deep belief that every young person has potential and value and deserves respect and a safe space to be themselves. The affection between peers is evident the minute you walk through the door. One youth, in particular, caused quite a stir when he debuted his new haircut. I learned that he was a newcomer to Canada and his parents were looking for a safe space for him to make friends when they found Re: Soul. Well done, parents; Mission completed! High Fives, Hugs and something cooking in the kitchen fills the room; for some teens, this is home.

Milton Youth Soccer Club: Get Ready for Fun, Friendship, and a Whole Lot of Soccer this summer!

Milton Youth Soccer Club (MYSC) home of your Milton Magic. Widely praised for its fun atmosphere and excellent coaching staff, the MYSC has become the number one youth soccer program for the young people of Milton. The competitive league is among the best in the province with some of our Milton Magic players going on to play on national and international pitches.

With the upcoming season starting this summer, excitement and anticipation is in the air as MYSC looks forward to building strong connections between their players both on and off the field. This year marks the 55th Anniversary of the Milton Youth Soccer Club. It’s a going to be amazing year!

This amazing group of somewhat / barely athletic Milton dads started in 2021 as a way to stay fit and get out of the house, connect with other dads, and raise money for a good cause while doing something we love. Many children’s charities took a huge hit during the pandemic, and money became tight for a lot of people. We noticed donations Milton Basketball Group organizes Milton Food Drivenoticably decreased and we wanted to do our part – we knew the bigger the group, the more people we can help!

The group is run by Carl Zuzart of The Mad Hitter and Fred DeCarolis from the FredHelps Real Estate Team, with help from Rizwan Shaikh and Usama Shakil. Current sessions

are Mondays and Thursdays, 9pm at the Velodrome. For information on how to join the wait list, how to help organize a 3rd night to meet demand, or how to help with donations, reach out to info@themadhitter.com or fred@fredhelps.com.

Donation tallies are approaching the $5,000 mark by next session — it’s amazing what ANY group of people can do when they come together to do something they love! Food4Kids Halton, The ROCK, and Food for Life are on our charities list so far. Reach out to us if you have a local charity focused on helping children – we’d love to chat!

EOSCL marked its 7th year of success in the Town of Milton, where they have hosted more than 350 players in the season, which ended on September 24th with Team Companion being the champion of the year 2022.

EOSCL has conducted trials session where more than 150 players participated and played for teams during the season. Sixteen teams participated, and overall, 110 matches were completed.

MYSC Milton Magic soccer players U8 – U13+ attended a two-day training camp learning 1 vs 1 Techniques, Shooting and Attacking Skills from Dwayne “DeRo” De Rosario. DeRo is one of the most decorated Canadian athletes of our generation. His focus now is inspiring the next generation of Canadian athletes to “Go after your dreams…”, says Dwayne “DeRo” De Rosario

The Milton Stags S-Elite girls U15 team is headed to the Ontario Provincials Championships after going 12-1 this season in Ontario Basketball Association games and sanctioned tournaments. The team, which consists of players born in 2008 and 2009, took root in the Milton Stags house league program where many of the girls started playing back in 2016.

What started as a Dad’s basketball group so Milton fathers could get outside, meet and play some ball has evolved into something pretty fantastic.

They meet on a regular basis at Hawthorne Village Public School on weeknights to play ball and now they have also been raising money for Food4Kids Halton Stacey Silvio Halliday was at the basketball court today to receive their group donations and let the Dads know how their money is helping kids in Halton, and specifically in Milton.

The Milton U10 AA Winter hawks hosted their second annual Ball Hockey Charity Tournament during the Milton Downtown BIA Holiday market on Nov. 27, in support of the team and the Townsend Smith Hospice Foundation. The event raised over $4,000, which was split evenly between the two organizations. The Winterhawks were proud to be able to present a cheque for $2,065.63 to Holly Lillico of TSF on during an outdoor, socially-distanced gathering on Dec. 19.

The event is organized by team parents and coaches and supported by the Downtown Milton BIA and the overall Winterhawks organization. We were thrilled by the support the event received this year, with dozens of local and small businesses providing sponsorship and raffle prizes, despite having had an incredibly difficult year because of the challenges posed by Covid-19. Several bigger companies also provided sponsorship, while the Milton Menace and local representatives from all three levels of government — Adam van Koeverden, Parm Gill and Mayor Gord Krantz — stopped by to support the event.

The Milton minor hockey community was also a huge factor in the event’s success, with rep, house league and parent teams taking part. The U10 A Milton Winterhawks took the top spot after some hard-fought battles.

For our coaching staff, the goal has always been to develop the boys not just as hockey players but also as people, and for them to become young citizens who understand the value of thinking beyond themselves and actively giving back.

We hoped the event — and the incredibly level of community support it received — helped show the importance of community engagement, and we believe it showcased what a strong community Milton is and how much it values the need for a hospice and Townsend Smith Foundation. We were touched by how many people were willing to donate prizes and buy raffle tickets when they realized the event helped support Townsend Smith.