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Athletics Canada – Three-time Olympic sprint medallist, Andre De Grasse, to announce details of his Foundation’s first signature project at high school track & field meet

Toronto, ON – Three-time Olympic sprint medallist, Andre De Grasse, will formally announce the establishment of the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation during the OFSAA Central Region Track & Field Championships being held at the Toronto Track & Field Centre on the campus of York University on Thursday, May 31.

In addition to outlining the vision of his namesake Foundation, the Markham, Ont., native and University of Southern California educated sprint sensation will reveal details of the Foundation’s first signature program at a venue that holds great significance to him.

The Metro Track & Field Centre is where Andre’s natural talent was first identified by coach Tony Sharpe, himself a member of Canada’s bronze medal winning 1984 Olympic 4 x 100-metre relay team. With the support and guidance of Sharpe and countless others, De Grasse returned to York University three years later winning two gold medals at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. In just his third season as a professional athlete, Andre is excited to pay it forward.

What: Andre De Grasse Family Foundation Launch Event

When: Thursday, May 31, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Toronto Track & Field Centre, York University, 231 Ian MacDonald Blvd., North York, ON


  • Andre De Grasse – Olympic, World Championship and Pan American Games medallist
  • Beverley De Grasse – Mother and Andre De Grasse Family Foundation Board Member
  • Tony Sharpe –  Andre De Grasse’s first track coach and mentor
  • John Piccininni – Chair of Athletics Canada Foundation
  • Rob Guy – CEO of Athletics Canada
  • Frank Scarpitti – Mayor of Markham
Media availability includes:
  • Announcement: 1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Event photos: 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Media scrum: 1:30 p.m. –  1:45 p.m.  
  • One-on-one interviews: 1:45 p.m. onward
To RSVP and to schedule media interviews, please contact:
James Lamont, Lamont Communications