For Canadian athletes Robyn Gayle and Paul Rosen, connections to those they inspire, and those who inspire them, count.
It's why the City of Toronto's Maple Leaf Forever Bracelets, made by kids across Toronto for Canadian athletes in the 2015 Games, are so important.
The wooden beads in the bracelets are made from a Toronto maple tree that was said to have inspired the famous Canadian song, "The Maple Leaf Forever" in 1867.
3,400 bracelets will be worn by kids and athletes during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, connecting each other on and off the field of play.
Maple Leaf Forever Bracelets were funded by the City of Toronto's Host City Showcase Program, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture and TO2015's Culture and Sport IGNITE program.
Special thanks to the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee.