Olympic Flame Soccer Club Inc., the City of Toronto and Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson are proud to announce the official renaming of Ellesmere Park to TOM GRIBILAS FIELD. The official renaming of the park and unveiling of the new sign will take place during the 2019 Olympic Flame House League Cup on Sunday September 8, 2019 at 3:00pm. Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson will host the unveiling of the new name and sign, together with City of Toronto staff and Olympic Flame board members.
Ellesmere Park has been the home to Olympic Flame house league soccer for over 25 years. Generations of Olympic Flame players and their families have grown up together at Ellesmere Park. And one of the constants over those 25 years was the presence of Olympic Flame Soccer Club co-founder and long-time president Tom Gribilas, who could be found at Ellesmere Park almost every day during the summer, coaching, cheering, supporting and encouraging the young players of Olympic Flame. Tom was the president of Olympic Flame for 33 years, and was a fixture not only at Olympic Flame, but in the greater soccer community in Scarborough, Toronto and Ontario. Tom tirelessly volunteered his time for the sport, the club and the kids that he loved. Sadly, Tom passed away in June 2018 after a lengthy illness.
Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson and his staff championed the official renaming of Ellesmere Park in honour and memory of Tom and the wonderful work he contributed to the youth of Scarborough. The City of Toronto and Olympic Flame Soccer Club invite all members of the Club, the soccer community of Scarborough and the community at large to attend the official renaming and unveiling of TOM GRIBILAS FIELD.