Operation Winter Storm

TORONTO, Ont.—Feb. 19, 2015—Canada’s favourite NBA stars and BALLnROLL teamed up for an online charity auction whose success scored more than 90 sets of winter clothing for youth in need.


During Operation Winter Storm, the basketball and men’s lifestyle publication gave fans the opportunity to bid on basketball gear signed by the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas, as well as Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Andrew Wiggins. The players personally donated several exciting items toward the cause, from Nike Kobe 9 and Adidas ZX Pro sneakers, to jerseys and T-shirts from the Toronto Raptors. 


All the memorabilia sold out, providing enough money to stock up on winter jackets, snow pants, gloves, hats and more for children of all ages across Toronto. BALLnROLL publisher Gad Elmaleh personally handed the garments off to members of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Tuesday. The TDSB’s trained child and youth counselors will now distribute the winter gear to the school kids who need them most. 


“It was a classic case of the community coming together as a team to overcome the odds and make a real difference in the lives of kids who’d otherwise be left in the cold,” said Elmaleh. “We couldn’t have done it without the help of the NBA players who contributed auction items, the TDSB, our donors and, of course, the readers who helped make Operation Winter Storm a win. On behalf of BALLnROLL, thank you to everyone who played a role.”


Local law firm Bergel, Magence LLP Personal Injury Lawyers emerged as the top donors of the auction, with a contribution amounting to roughly two-thirds of the total funds raised. Thank you for being our biggest supporters!


The auction was inspired by the alarming statistic that roughly one in three Toronto children cannot afford proper winter clothing, and ran from mid-February until Feb. 11 on CharityBids.com. BALLnROLL has previously partnered with several organizations to make a difference in the Toronto community and beyond, including SickKids and Soles4Souls.

Top donors help raise more than $3,000 in first phase of Operation Winter Storm

TORONTO, Ont.—Feb. 12, 2015—BALLnROLL.com’s Operation Winter Storm was successful in raising more than $3,000 in donations auctioning basketball gear signed by some of Canada’s favourite NBA players. The funds will be used to purchase winter clothing including jackets, toques, gloves and snow pants for youth in need across the GTA.

Our most profound thanks go out to our top donors over at Bergel, Magence LLP Personal Injury Lawyers, who single-handedly contributed a total of $2,000 toward the cause. Their law firm has represented accident victims throughout Ontario for more than 40 years, and their service to the community ought to be recognized.

The publication would like to thank equally its readers, auction participants and everyone else who helped make this a huge win. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Andrew Wiggins and Jonas Valanciunas deserve no small amount of gratitude for sending the signed gear our way. Without them, none of this would have ever been possible.

But now’s not the time to hit the locker room. Operation Winter Storm is still far from over.

With phase one out of the way, BALLnROLL.com will stock up on kids’ winter clothing courtesy of Sears. It will be distributed by the Toronto District School Board, whose child and youth counselors will ensure the garments go to the kids who need them most.

Keep checking back for more ongoing coverage of this worthwhile charity effort and a chance to see how your donations helped make a real difference in the lives of children.

Bid on NBA gear signed by Canada’s favourite players to help youth in need
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Jonas Valanciunas has donated three more items to the cause! See them below. The auction will be extended until Wednesday, Feb. 11. Bidding will close at 8 p.m.
TORONTO, Ont.—Feb. 2, 2015—DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Andrew Wiggins and BALLnROLL.com challenge you to make a difference.
The two NBA All-Stars and Canada’s hottest rookie have donated signed basketball gear to help make sure Toronto students in need don’t go cold this winter. It’s crazy that one in three Toronto kids can’t afford proper winter gear.
Place a bid during this week’s online auction for your chance to win some amazing one-of-a-kind swag signed by Canada’s favourite players! All money raised will go to provide winter jackets, hats, gloves and snow pants to kids across the GTA. 
You can click on one of the following items to place a bid, or visit our online auction page on CharityBids.com to view all the items.

Toronto Raptors Jersey signed by Kyle Lowry
This Toronto Raptors jersey has been signed by the team’s newest All-Star, Kyle Lowry. The signature is located over the left shoulder of the garment.
Click to place your bid
Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low Sneakers signed by DeMar DeRozan
Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, who was named an All-Star reserve player in 2014, signed these game-worn size 14 sneakers. 
Click to place your bid
Adidas Originals ZX Trainer Pro Sneakers signed by Andrew Wiggins
Toronto’s very own Andrew Wiggins signed this pair of size 15 shoes. The signature appears on both shoes.
Click to place your bid
Nike Sneakers signed by Jonas Valanciunas
Toronto’s Lithuanian big man signed these game-worn size 17 shoes. Both shoes are signed.
Click to place your bid
Toronto Raptors OVO T-Shirt signed by Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas’ signature appears across the front of this Drake-branded Raptors T-shirt.
Click to place your bid 
Toronto Basketball Hoodie signed by Jonas Valanciunas
This Adidas hoodie is signed across the front and sports light green detailing.
Click to place your bid

If you would prefer to make a direct donation, you may choose any of our available BALLnROLL Couture T-Shirts for a one-time donation of $20. One hundred per cent of proceeds raised will go toward Operation Winter Storm. Click here to see all the styles or check out our favourites below.
Dunk of Death
Can a dunk really kill?! This shirt pays tribute to Vince Carter’s famous posterizer. Also available in white.
Click here to donate
Giving tribute to the great Canadian who invented the game of basketball, Dr. James Naismith. Also available in black.
Click here to donate
Toronto’s Frontcourt 
An artistic reimagining of Toronto’s famous skyline. Also available in white. 
Click here to donate
Tzedek (Signature Charity T-Shirt)
The power of sports can uplift the spirit. Tzedek means “what is right.” Also available in black.
Click here to donate
Big City Dreams
Everything is bigger than life but that won’t deter this baller. Also available in white.
Click here to donate


On behalf of BALLnROLL.com, we’d like to thank everyone who participates. We’d especially like to thank Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Andrew Wiggins for kindly donating the above items. The Toronto District School Board also deserves recognition for agreeing to distribute the gear.



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