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. By the 1970s, the rec-programs were bursting at the seams with 4,000 participants and 35 activities. In1972, 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.