July 02, 2015 10:50 ET

DAREarts Teen to Carry Pan Am Torch

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 2, 2015) -

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It's one accomplishment after another for DAREarts graduates! The most recent is 17 year-old Dante Royale Scholar, who will be participating in the Pan Am Torch Relay on behalf of DAREarts. Thanks to Cirque du Soleil who have provided DAREarts with a relay spot, Dante will be representing 13,000 DAREarts kids as he helps the Pan Am flame along its 41-day journey to the games. The torch bearing will take place on Sunday July 5, 2015 at 9:45 AM, beginning at 995 Danforth Ave and finishing at 1111 Danforth Ave in Toronto.

"Like all of our DAREarts graduates, we have watched Dante strive to become his best possible self since we first met him," says Marilyn Field, founder and president of DAREarts. "When approached by Cirque de Soleil with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, there was no doubt in my mind he would make us proud and represent his DAREarts peers with passion and pride."

The chance for DAREarts to participate in the Pan Am Relay would not have been possible without the generosity of Pan Am premier partner, Cirque du Soleil who has worked with DAREarts to empower kids at risk. Dante graduated from the DAREarts program in 2012 and he was a recipient of the 2015 DAREarts Leadership Award earlier this year. He continues to be active in DAREarts as a volunteer, mentoring younger children.

"Joining the DAREarts program was the best thing that ever happened to me," said Dante who credits DAREarts for the positive changes he's made. "I am trying to raise money using Go Fund Me to keep the torch as a memento of this once in a lifetime opportunity."

To make a donation to Dante's torch fund, please visit www.gofundme.com/u5pv5w. DAREarts will be rallying other DAREarts kids at the end of Dante's route to cheer him on as he passes the torch. Join the celebrations at 10 AM at 1111 Danforth Ave and help make it a moment DAREarts kids will never forget.

About DAREarts: DAREarts is a national charity that empowers underserved Canadian children with the confidence and courage to become leaders who ignite positive change in their lives using arts education. Recognized for its role in the development of leadership in at-risk kids across Canada, DAREarts continues to reach out to thousands of 9-19 year olds yearly. DAREarts stands for Discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence. For more information, visit www.darearts.com. DAREarts lead supporters are Northbridge Insurance, Guy Carpenter, Scotiabank, Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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