Pan Ams at Hart House

Message from Warden Bruce Kidd

Bruce KiddDuring the summer of 2015, Toronto will be hosting the Pan American Games (July 10-26) and the Parapan American Games (August 7-15). Both the St. George and Scarborough campuses of the University of Toronto will host athletic and artistic events. The renovated back campus playing fields adjacent to Hart House will be the site of the Pan Am field hockey and Parapan soccer championships.

Hart House has long championed the spirit of intercultural communication and education that inspired the creation of the Pan American Games and the integration of sport, the arts and community that characterizes the quadrennial celebrations. Hart House will thus be staging a number of events on these themes and the political and social issues prompted by the Games in build-up to and during the Games for members of the U of T and Toronto communities and Games-related visitors. We hope to see you at some of these events and encourage you to visit this page for updates.

A Year with Aspiring Pan Am Athletes

Our Blog series follows the journey of three Pan Am and one Parapan Am athletes as they train to qualify for the games. By revealing the daily struggles of these aspiring athletes,   students will be able to see that the Games are about people just like them. People who’re either going, or have just gone through, the pressure that comes with studying at one of the world’s best universities.

In joining these athletes in their voyage, readers will not only learn from them—they will also be inspired by them.

You can find our blog posts on the topic at



Events and Activities

At Hart House and across U of T, opportunities for student engagement and participation will occur throughout the months leading up to the Games. Check our What’s On Calendar or visit this page often to view the latest news, events and updates.


Got a Pan Am Plan? Get Some Funding!

Are you a U of T student with a great idea for celebrating the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games? You could be eligible to receive one-time funding to make your plan into a reality.

Apply to the University of Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Student Initiative Fund to receive financial assistance to create an event that will reflect the spirit of intercultural communication and the integration of sports, the arts and community. The activity must take place before August 15, 2015 to be eligible.

Application Deadlines:

  • December 12, 2014
  • March 6, 2015

Download the pdf:

Pan Am Parapan Am Student Fund Application

For more information, contact

Fund partners: Hart House, The Office of Student Life, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto Mississauga and University of Toronto Scarborough.

Volunteer at U of T Pan Am Events

We encourage everyone in the University community to get involved and help host the world. Your contributions can be added to your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), and will qualify you for OSAP benefits such as an extended interest- and payment-free grace period or reduced pre-study contributions.

Learn more at

Exploring gender, economic justice, and race through sneaker culture

Varsity article on Hart House panel discussion that focused on the social and cultural importance of the shoe in mainstream society. Read article.

Photos from the event view on flickr.

From sweats to sneakers, athleticwear goes upscale and mainstream

Canadian Press article by Lauren La Rose on street style and sneaker culture. Read article.

View past events>>

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Pan Am Path Artists

The Pan Am Path will create a multi-use pathway from Brampton to the Rouge River. To engage communities along the route, a call for artists was made to creative an active-living legacy for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Three University of Toronto students submitted a proposal for a series of kinetic sculptures.

Their objective was “to create an inclusive space for all people regardless of their ethnicity, age, gender, orientation, or abilities to encourage playfulness, community, storytelling, movement, and sensitivity of the site.”

  • Vineetha Sivathasan, second year Masters of Architecture student at the Daniel’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
  • Zee Bolad, undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying English, Visual Studies, and Culture.
  • Zarish Asif, an undergraduate student with a double major in Studio Art and City Studies.

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University of Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

University of Toronto Scarborough Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

Pan Am Path


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