The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games women’s and men’s basketball schedules are now online. Fans are invited to buy tickets for the games, which will be played at the Ryerson Athletic Centre.
The women’s team will compete against Venezuela July 16, Argentina July 17 and Cuba July 18. The semifinals are July 19 and the gold medal game is July 20.
The men’s teams plays Dominican Republic July 21, Argentina July 22 and Mexico July 23. Semifinals are July 24 and the gold medal game is July 25.
* Playing for Keeps part of legacy
Playing for Keeps (P4K) is an initiative that ensures the legacy of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games continues once the competition ends.
Earlier this month, P4K trained a group of volunteer ambassadors to give them the skills needed to become community leaders and organize their own neighbourhood games. P4K is still looking for volunteer ambassadors, and for participants for the various events coming up.
For more information, visit www.playingforkeeps.ca
*Traffic and security discussed
Residents from the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood attended an information session Feb. 11 to discuss the impact of traffic in the area during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Similar meetings are scheduled for other parts of the city where there are Games venues and events planned.
Doug Spooner, a member of the Games’ transportation planning committee, said a traffic management strategy for the Pan Ams has been in the works since 2011. To read our coverage on the meeting, go to http://bit.ly/1B7sLzF
* Cycling at Velodrome
The new Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome played host to the national and international cycling events last month.
Community members had their first look inside the building, which features basketball and volleyball courts in the infield and a walking track around the upper levels.
Canadian Olympian and Tour de France legend Steve Bauer attended the event to help test out the facility.
* Pan Am Fun at Casa Loma
Families were invited to take part in Family Day weekend events at Casa Loma to celebrate the excitement of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
There were interactive sports and cultural activities with Team Canada athletes, gymnastics demonstrations, cultural arts and crafts, dance workshops and more.
Pachi, the official mascot of the Games, came by for a visit.