On December 17, the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted a special pre-game Centre Ice Dedication ceremony at the ACC to present the Yousuf family with a commemorative key to their new Habitat home. Alternate Captains Matt Hunwick, Tyler Bozak, Morgan Rielly and Leo Komarov gathered on the ice with the Yousuf family for the key presentation followed by the singing of the Canadian and American anthems before a crowd of 20,000 fans.
Earlier in the year, the Toronto Maple Leafs partnered with Habitat GTA as Title Home Sponsor of the new family home of Eskinder Yousuf, his wife Sayo and their seven children on Birchmount Road. Leafs players and staff volunteered their time and energy to help build and paint the home, and returned to deliver “Welcome Home” gifts to the family when the build was complete.
“The Toronto Maple Leaf franchise is woven into the fabric of Toronto; the communities and the people that make up this great city,” said Brendan Shanahan, President of the Toronto Maple Leafs. “Giving back to the city and the people who have given so much to the team is a priority for the Toronto Maple Leaf players, and our partnership with Habitat for Humanity GTA is an important part of this tradition.”
“Thanks to the great community support of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Brendan Shanahan,” said Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GTA, “the Yousuf family is now living in an affordable home of their own where their seven children can grow and thrive. We truly appreciate the team’s community spirit and support throughout this project.”
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