From angling to bridge, table tennis to volleyball
and everything in between, recreation is a big
part of the Dofasco employee experience.
The company’s recreation program started in
the 1920s with company-sponsored Varsity
teams. The focus was on elite competition and
many of the athletes excelled at the provincial,
national and even international level.
In 1943, the focus shifted to recreation with
softball, curling, five pin bowling and senior
hockey and a mandate to get as many people
active as possible. Minor hockey and baseball
were added in 1951. The activities grew and
literally happened here, there and everywhere.
By 1962, the programs had grown so popular
that the company leased a 20-acre parcel of
land from the City of Hamilton and developed it
as a recreation park. And by the 1970s, the rec
programs were bursting at the seams with
participants and 35 activities. In
the company won the prestigious
National Industrial Recreation Association
award for outstanding recreation program in
North America.
The programs moved to a new home in 1978
with the launch of the company’s F.H. Sherman
Recreation and Learning Centre.
Throughout its history, the recreation
program has been run by volunteers with
support from the Recreation and Learning
Centre Staff.
This is us at PLAY!