Jumpstart: Play to Lead

Play to Lead

Unleashing women's power through sport

Play to Lead enables young women to develop the skills, confidence and relationships to become leaders, while improving gender equity and diversity in sport. The hybrid program unites a group of female athletes and their coaches, empowering them to reach their full potential and fostering a powerful network of girls in sport in Canada.

Need Help?

If you have any questions about the Play to Lead program or the application process, please contact playtolead@cantire.com or check out the Frequently Asked Questions

What to Expect

This fall, Jumpstart is launching the first-ever Play to Lead program! Open to young female athletes and their coaches from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the nine-month program kicks off with a Summit in Toronto, Ontario on October 15 and 16, 2022. 

At the Summit, thirty athletes, living in and around the GTA, will come together for a weekend of networking and development. Supported by their coach, athlete participants can expect to learn about leadership in sport in a fun social setting and make lasting friendships. Jumpstart is committed to ensuring the Summit is barrier-free, including covering the costs of travel and food for all participants.

Following the Summit, the learning will move online where the athletes will participate in monthly virtual programming, including seminars and assignments. The virtual component of Play to Lead will be hosted on a web-based platform accessible through a computer, tablet, or smartphone that is connected to the internet. Athletes will be required to participate in monthly online sessions and complete short assignments throughout the program to support their learning.

Athletes will be mentored by their coaches throughout Play to Lead, identifying opportunities to apply their learnings during practices and games. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend fun social activities during the program, like sporting events! 

Our Commitment

At Jumpstart, we know that gender equity builds better sport! Our hope for Play to Lead is for female athletes and their coaches to gather, learn, empower one another, and build lasting bonds to contribute to gender equity in their local sports community.


Applications for Play to Lead are now closed. If you are interested in participating and missed the deadline, please contact playtolead@cantire.com.