EMSB students to benefit from large uniform donation

Montreal, January 17,  2023 A number of English Montreal School Board inner-city schools will be among the beneficiaries of a generous donation of sports uniforms to the Generations Foundation.

Mike Quinn, vice-president of sales for  SP Apparel   arranged for the shipment of 130 cases of  uniforms for a variety of sports to the Generations Foundation headquarters in St. Henri. Distribution will begin in early 2023.

Some EMSB students are joined (left to right) by: Natalie and Adrian Bercovici of the Generations Foundation;   Steven Harris,  Operation Manager – First Onsite Restoration Quebec Region; Terrence Quinn, former EMSB School Administrator / McGill first year teacher mentoring program; Mike Quinn,  Vice President SP Sport Apparel inc.; Leslie Butt, president of   Generations Foundation  and member of the Board of Directors of the  Little Burgundy Sports Association; EMSB Director General Nick Katalifos; James Lyng High School Principal Giovanni Iammarrone; John Commins,        McGill Professor of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education and  Director of Avenues Outreach Project ; and Colin Thornes, teacher at  Perspectives II  High School and coordinator of the Alternative United Basketball Program.

Founded in 1998, SP Apparel is recognized as the most trusted name in custom sports apparel. Its uniforms are worn by thousands of professional and amateur teams of every size and sport across the globe, including all 32 NHL teams and the Olympic ice hockey squads of every nation.  Clients include some of the most important brands in the industry such as Nike, Adidas, CCM and Bauer amongst others. Based in Granby and St-Hyacinthe, SP Apparel has a total annual production capacity of approximately one million units (jerseys, socks, shells, pants, bags).

Quinn grew up on the West Island and earned  a Business Degree at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville.  He has  been in the sporting goods market for over 30 years, including the last six with SP Apparel. 

“At SP Apparel, we believe participation in sports has a very positive impact on an individual’s upbringing,” said Mr. Quinn. “Not only does it help encourage children to be more physically active, but also helps teach them valuable skills and life lessons that they can carry with them through to adulthood. We realize not everyone has the means to provide this opportunity and unfortunately so many school programs are underfunded. When we learned about the incredible work the Generations Foundation has been doing with the EMSB for inner city schools, we decided we needed to help support their efforts.”

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The connection between SP Apparel, the Generations Foundation and the EMSB was arranged via Terrence Quinn (no relation to Mike). He is a retired EMSB administrator. First Onsite Property Restoration provided the transportation services necessary to deliver the uniforms. Mike Quinn came in person to the Generations Foundation headquarters to meet with founders Adrian and Natalie Bercovici and president Leslie Butt,  EMSB Director General Nick Katalifos,  as well as some students and other school officials.

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 73 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at www.emsb.qc.ca.



Michael J. Cohen

Manager, Marketing and Communications

English Montreal School Board


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