ISFFE News

Congratulations!

Winner: Best film ISFFE 2016 – “On Aggregate – Champions without a Home(Azerbaijan; USA)

Football Clinic 2016 – Yuri Youth Foundation
On August 22, 2016, Yuri’s Youth Foundation (YYF), in partnership with the ISFFE and Alexandra Park Community Centre (APCC), hosted a free Football clinic which was attended by nearly 50 children/youth. YYF ran the clinic, providing equipment, and was assisted by some awesome Toronto Argonaut players. The ISFFE organized, promoted, recruited the kids. Two kids received prizes. One prize for Most Valuable Player (MVP)  was a NFL football signed by New York Giant, Mark Herzlich and donated by the NFLPA. The player received a MLB Baseball signed by Toronto Blue Jay, Jose Bautista for Most Valuable Effort (MVE) donated by the MLBPA. The APCC hosted the event at Ryerson school park and provided refreshments at the Centre. The players hung out and signed autographs. A fun time was had by all. Check out the photos.

Kids with awards at the Football Clinic

Kids with awards at the Football Clinic

Free Argos Games for Youth in Alexandra Park
During the 2016 Toronto Argos season, James Yurichuk’s Yuri Youth Foundation in partnership with the ISFFE sent over 60 kids/youth served by the Alexandra Park Community Centre to Argos games. They were provided with dinner, T-shirts, and a VIP meeting. James Yurichuk is a true MVP!

Argos Games with James Yurichuck

Argos Games with James Yurichuck

Chill Events!

On Friday May 6, 2016, the ISFFE held a 3-point basketball competition and pizza party. Participants came from all over the city. The winner received a Raptors T-shirt and the runner-up received a signed Mike “Pinball” Clemons Toronto Argonauts cap. (pictured below)

Winners - ISFFE 3-point Competition

3 point basketball challenge winners at ISFFE summer 2016

ISFFE will be running more intimate events summer 2017 that allows youth to gather in small groups to chill and interact with one another. Prize Donations are welcome for these events.


ISFFE Grants

ISFFE/ APCC EDUCATION GRANT: It aims to support continuing education of youth in the community by funding a free university/college course. The youth (22-30) will have the option of auditing the course, if he/she chooses, to arrest anxiety about entering post-secondary education. This could serve as a bridge to start a degree or diploma program.

Leraldo, Education Grant winner

Leraldo, Education Grant winner

THE ROCME1UNIT GRANT: Provides an artist with free recording time at the studio accredited with creating the hook for “Who Let the Dogs Out,” and a spot to perform at the ISFFE Fan Experience.

PK, Winner, Music Grant

PK, Winner, Music Grant

Fan Experience 2016

Schedule of Events


Friday, April 8, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

  • 4:00 PM – 4:05 PM:     Introductions – MC, Launy Schwartz
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM:     Mascot appearance
  • 4:05 PM – 4:35 PM:     3-point competition with CK
  • 4:35 PM – 4:50 PM:     Opening performance + Taddy (rap artist from the Chippewa Nation)
  • 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM:     Athlete Appearance – James Yurichuk, Linebacker, Toronto Argonauts
  • 4:50 PM – 5:55 PM:     Wrestling play-by-play booth with Ricky Johnson + autographs
  • 4:55 PM – 5:25 PM:     MMA clinic with Gary Goodridge
  • 5:25 PM – 6:20 PM:     Autographs with Gary Goodridge + Ricky Johnson +Special guest
  • 5:55 PM – 6:25 PM:     Boxing seminar with Ricky Atkinson
  • 6:20 PM – 6:25 PM:     Education Grant presentation
  • 6:25 PM – 6:35 PM:    Taddy takes us out
  • 6:45 PM – 7:30 PM:    Popcorn and a Movie: Seeking Refuge – The Story of Clement Mubungirwa
    (15 mins.) and another film.

2016 Fan Experience Action

A 3-point competition was hosted by CK, a pro basketball player. The winner received a team-signed basketball donated by the 905 Raptors.

3-point Basketball Competition Winner

3-point Basketball Competition Winner

Ricky Johnson with kids at ISFFE
Former Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champion, “Soulman” Ricky Johnson doing play-by-play with a young fan. For his participation, the youth won a 905 Raptors team signed T-shirt.

Gary teaching kids MMA

Free Martial Arts clinic with Gary Goodridge, former UFC fighter – fusing the mind, body, and spirit. MC Launy Schwartz was a great sport volunteering for the fight demos.​

RickyAtkinson

Boxing Seminar with help from Ricky Atkinson. Benefits that boxing offers youth are discipline, respect, and self-confidence. Thanks to our friends at Lanna Muay Thai for volunteering their time at the ISFFE for kids from the APCC.

Rapper Taddy at ISFFE

Rapper Taddy at ISFFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winners ISFFE 2015

Best Narrative – Prithipal Singh … A True Story
Director: Babita Puri, India

Babita Puri, Director

Babita Puri, Director

Best Documentary – De Pleintjes aka ANTWERP-The City Game
Director: Rutger Verbeek, Belgium

Two men from Antwerp- The City Game documentary

Antwerp – The City Game

Youth Showcase – Ontario

Best Short Film – Muslim Women in Sports
Producer: Nuha

Nuha, Winner of Youth Showcase

Nuha, Winner of Youth Showcase and Donna Harrow, APCC Executive Director

Special Prizes for Youth Showcase

Director and Leraldo, Youth Showcase participant

Aaron, Festival Director and Leraldo, Youth Showcase participant

Sports Matter –  Producers, Leraldo and Keante
The importance of sports for youth living in urban communities and for revitalization efforts in the City to consider the needs of the community with regards to sporting facilities.

Showcase Participant and Aaron, Festival Director

Gordon States, Youth Showcase Participant and Aaron, Festival Director

My Second Family – Producer, Gordon States
The role that wrestling plays in bringing joy to a special needs adult and the bond it created with him and his late father.

Special Thanks

Youth Showcase Mentors, Ryerson University Sport Media Program
Talia Zahavi, Danielle James, Amina Bejtic, Justin Valmores

Fan Experience 2015

The 2016 Fan Experience will be held on Friday April 8 2016 between 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Alexandra Park Community Centre. Schedule will be announced soon.

The 2015 ISFFE Fan Experience gave attendees an opportunity to meet with sports people and take part in interactive events. The event was affiliated with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am IGNITE program.

Athlete Appearance – Arm Wrestler, Gary Goodridge

Pachi and the kids arm wrestled with former World Arm Wrestling champ and former MMA fighter, Gary Goodridge.

Gary Goodrich varmwrastling Pachi the 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am mascot

Gary Goodrich vs Pachi the 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am mascot

Pan Am/Parapan Am Athlete Appearance – Rower, Papito Wilson

TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Athlete, Papito Wilson attended the Fan Experience. The IGNITE Pan Am/ Parapan Am program was a partner of the Fan Experience and also featured an appearance by Pachi, the Mascot and distribution of Pan Am memorabilia to fans.

Papito Wilson, TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am

Papito Wilson, TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am athlete

 

Athlete Appearance – Wrestler Ricky Johnson

Ricky Johnson and Rocky Johnson formed the  “The Soul Patrol.” The brothers held the prestigious NWA Polynesian Tag Team Championship on two occasions in the mid-1980s (84 and 85). Attendees got the opportunity to ‘cut a promo’ with this former tag team champion and uncle of mega-movie star, “The Rock”.

Wrestler Ricky Johnson and girl cut a promo

Wrestler Ricky Johnson and girl cut a promo

Special Guest Appearance – Pinball Clemons

Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, former Canadian Football League (CFL) player and Grey Cup champion made an appearance at the Fan Experience. The kids and youth were thrilled to see him.

Mike 'Pinball' Clemons with some of the kids from the Alexandra park neighbourhood

Mike ‘Pinball’ Clemons with kids at the ISFFE

Special Appearance – Dr. David Reiss

Carlifornia-based  psychiatrist and consultant, Dr. David Reiss spoke on mental well-being among athletes. See DMR Dynamics for more about his work.

US Psychiatrist Dr. David Reiss speaking to Fan Experience attendees

Dr. David Reiss speaking to Fan Experience attendees

Greg and Quinn Oliver

Author and sports journalist and writer for SLAM Wrestling, Greg Oliver attended the Fan Experience along with his son and author, Quinn Oliver who shared his book, ‘Duck with a Puck’ with young Fans.

Quinn Oliver being interviewed by Roger TV

Quinn Oliver being interviewed by Rogers TV

Venue:

These activities took place on
Friday April 24, 2015 at the Alexandra Park Community Centre, downtown Toronto.

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The Roger Baker Photo Exhibit

Toronto photographer, Roger Baker has been capturing sports activities on film for several decades. An exhibit of some of his photos was shown at the 2015 ISFFE , covering boxing and wrestling from the 1950s and 1960s including photos of the ‘The Greatest’ himself, Muhammad Ali.

The Exhibit was held at the AGO, Jackman Hall Theatre on April 25, 2015.

George Chuvalo, heavyweight boxing legend
Photo from the Roger Baker Exhibit

George Chuvalo documentary

2015 Opening Night featured the debut of the documentary short, ‘Chuvalo: Never Knocked Down’, the most famous Canadian boxer and one of the great heavyweight champions of his era. The documentary features an appearance by world famous comedian, Russell Peters. It is produced and directed by Aaron Weiss with the assistance of motivational speaker, and former boxer, Spider Jones. Editorial assistance was provided by Justin Arjune. (See www.artandparanoia.com)
The film was also screened at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary.