Canada Basketball Making Moves Off the Court
Exciting news basketball fans in Canada! The NBA and Basketball Canada have announced the formation of the Jr. NBA Canadian Leadership Council, aimed to be a catalyst for the growth of youth basketball across the country by providing guidance and direction for NBA Youth Basketball programming and development.
In association with the new leadership council, the partnership also includes the expansion and merger of two existing youth basketball development programs: the Jr. NBA Rookie Division and Steve Nash Youth Basketball. Ultimately, the goal is to empower local organizations across Canada to provide boys and girls ages 5-12 with more opportunities to get involved and play the game.
Members of the new NBA Canadian Leadership Council include: Nav Bhatia (Superfan), Cory Joseph, Steve Nash, Kia Nurse, and Pascal Siakam. The full list can be seen below.
“As this program continues to expand and evolve, youth across Canada will benefit from the shared leadership and expertise of Canada Basketball and the NBA. This investment in basketball development on a national level will ensure even more youth have access to age-appropriate instruction, while fostering life skills and core values including teamwork and respect,” said Canadian basketball legend Steve Nash.
“This is great news for children and families across Canada to be able to participate in a fun, safe and age appropriate introductory basketball program. We are proud to join forces with the NBA and our Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization partners as we continue to work together to grow the game of basketball. Our hope is that the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball program will help create a lifetime love of our sport and foster a healthy active lifestyle,” said Canada Basketball President and Chief Executive Officer, Glen Grunwald.
Basketball in Canada continues to gain momentum and grow in popularity. Experts predict that, along with soccer, it will be the most popular youth sport in the next decade or so.