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We are a community of people who believe that a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion off the court is as important as our play on it.

We believe differences in ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status should not differentiate how people are treated: with kindness, with compassion, and with respect.
We believe that listening is as important as speaking. We will not hesitate to take action, and we will do so intentionally, focused on change.

We are empowered.
We are determined to learn, to lead, and to love.
We are all human.
We are the Toronto Raptors.

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Drive Social Impact by demonstrating community leadership and empowering marginalized groups.

Mission Statement:

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Equitable Workplace
Drive Social Impact by demonstrating community leadership and empowering marginalized groups.

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Champion Workforce Intersectionality by leading in embracing and valuing all identities in a world-class workforce.

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Ensure Partnership Accountability by evaluating all partnerships to make certain that stakeholders align with our mission and values.

We wanted to highlight, SQWISH, a Toronto-based queer drop-in basketball program that provides a welcoming environment to anyone who wants to enjoy the sport of basketball. Check out their page @sqwishsqwish for more information!

The Standard
Set it. Raise it. Be it. This past year MLSE partnered with The Standard and the NBA to support Black Canadian women in the sports and entertainment industry through professional development content, programming and experiences.
Hold Space: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre
A Different Booklist has been a mainstay in Toronto since 1995, tied to the birth of the Raptors. Its evolution from an African and Caribbean bookstore into a cultural centre for the community, is ongoing as they look to open their doors in their new facility, A Different Booklist Cultural Centre.
Hold Space: Rosemary Sadlier Profile, Former President of the Ontario Black History Society
Driving force in having BHM and Emancipation Day recognized in Canada, the impact of Rosemary Sadlier’s legacy can be felt coast to coast. Rosemary is a historian, author, educator, social justice advocate and a true director of change.
Jean Augustine Profile
Canada’s first black female member of parliament, Jean Augustine has blazed a path for women all over and has played a pivotal role in having Black History Month recognized. A true director of change- this is Jean’s journey.
Holding Space for Mentorship with NBYMP
The Raptors Hold Space for the National Basketball Youth Mentorship Program as Founder and President, Kevin Wilson joins Savanna Hamilton to speak about the program and why mentorship is important. The mentorship program is a free program that youth can sign up for at any time at www.nbymp.ca.
The Gift of Empowerment
The Raptors hosted a screening of the film King Richard for youth to motivate and empower them to continue in sport
NBA Season of Giving: The Gift of Opportunity
The players gave their personal game tickets to a group of youth to see their first game, as an incentive to continue their leadership efforts in their community.
Fred VanVleet Scholarship
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet announces the creation of the “Fred VanVleet Scholarship,” a new award to support a Black or Indigenous student through their undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto uoft.me/fredvanvleetscholarship/
Northern Reflections: Adrian Griffin: The Coach, Father & Man
Raptors Lead Assistant Coach Adrian Griffin, shares his welcome to the NBA moment as a player, speaks on his coaching philosophy on and off the court and having children who are following in his basketball footsteps.
Northern Reflections: Michael Linklater Takes Pride In His Indigenous Roots
Northern Reflections is a series celebrating and profiling the Toronto Raptors and those that are inspired by them. Michael Linklater speaks of his love for basketball, his culture, representing Indigenous People and the road to truth and reconciliation.
Raptors to visit London to help bring the community together by uniting against hate
Head Coach, Nick Nurse explains what the London trip means to the team and how they will use sport to help bring the community together.
Awakenings - Freedom Heights (A Song For Joshua Glover)
Kitchen Concerts at the Inn is a music series celebrating life and honouring the story of Joshua Glover, a freedom seeker who escaped enslavement and jail in the United States and then lived and worked at Montgomery’s Inn. Chapter I launches with a powerful lyric video for the commissioned new song “Freedom Heights (A Song for Joshua Glover),” which reflects on Joshua Glover’s fight for freedom and his will to survive and live as a free man. After escaping enslavement and capture in Missouri and Wisconsin, in 1854 Joshua Glover found refuge in Toronto, where the abolitionist movement was prominent at the time. Here he created a new life―one that was a true testimony to resilience and human dignity. He still inspires us today to fight for life and freedom, not only our own, but for those who need help the most. Musicians Jully Black, Susan Carol, Savannah Ré, Emanuel, and Kardinal Offishall have contributed to this song of revolution, empowerment and resistance that pays homage to Joshua Glover, aiming to bring an awakening of inner light and peace during current times of struggle. Learn more at http://toronto.ca/museums Commissioned by Toronto History Museums, City of Toronto, for Awakenings