Canada Basketball

 

Canada Basketball is a non-profit organization and the governing body for basketball in Canada.This national federation was founded in 1923. The organization is responsible for the selection and training of players who represent the Men’s and Women’s national teams and then represent Canada in international competition, including Olympic, Pan American and FISU Games, as well as the FIBA World Championships.[3] The current President is Therese Quigley, and the CEO is Wayne Parrish.

In addition to its international programs, Canada Basketball oversees programs at amateur and grassroots levels throughout Canada. Some of the influential Canada Basketball Alumni include Steve Nash, Leo Rautins, Stacey Dales, and Lars Hansen. Canada Basketball

launched the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program in September, 2007. Basketball is the fastest growing sport in Canada, and attracts many young Canadians from all backgrounds.

On January 1, 2009, Canada Basketball announced the contract extensions of Leo Rautins and Allison McNeill. Also announced was the creation of The Council Of Excellence, which is designed to strengthen the game of basketball in Canada as to propel Canadian Basketball back to international prominence. The Council Of Excellence includes, Jay Triano, Steve Nash, Maurizio Gherardini, Glen Grunwald, Don McCrae, Kathy Shields, Ken Shields, Steve Konchalski, and Sylvia Sweeney.

Canadian Men’s National Team roster 2008: Jermaine Anderson, Tyler Kepkay, Denham Brown, Tristan Blackwood, Jermaine Bucknor, Rowan Barrett, Carl English, Olu Famutimi, Levon Kendall, Juan Mendez, Andy Rautins, Aaron Doornekamp, Paul Larmand, Dave Thomas, Jesse Young, Samuel Dalembert, Joel Anthony, Head Coach: Leo Rautins Assistant Coaches: Dave Smart, Wayne Yearwood, Mike Malone

Canadian Women’s National Team roster 2008: Jordan Adams, Kelsey Adrian, Uzoma Asagwara, Chelsea Aubrey, Amanda Brown, Kaela Chapdelaine, Sarah Crooks, Teresa Gabriele, Lizanna Murphy, Chanelle St.Amour, Alisha Tatham, Tamara Tatham, Head Coach: Allison McNeill Assistant Coaches: Lisa Thomaidis, Mike McNeill

Canadians who are currently playing in the NBA include: Steve Nash, Jamaal Magloire, Samuel Dalembert, Andy Rautins, and Joel Anthony. There are several Canadians playing professionally for minor league basketball organizations throughout North America. The more prominent minor league basketball organizations in North America include the NBA Development League, Premier Basketball League, American Basketball Association (2000-), Continental Basketball Association, International Basketball League, and the United Basketball League. Many young people in Canada may continue to play basketball in college and university. University and college options within Canada include Canadian Interuniversity Sport , and the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association . There is also a growing number of both Canadian men and women playing in the NCAA.

Since there is no professional basketball league within Canada, many Canadian men and women playing basketball after university and college choose to play professionally overseas. . Canada was once home to the National Basketball League (Canada). The league lasted one and a half seasons from 1993-1994.

CB Classic Collection

In collaboration with Toronto artist Terence Chung and JUZD Streetwear’s lead designer, Jing Liu, Canada Basketball released a new apparel line featuring featuring limited edition bamboo graphic tees in November 2009. Launched under the new label, “CB Authentic,” the five-shirt series serves to commemorate the milestones of the organization, which began in 1923.

The line features shirts with a distinctive look and feel, and the use of various techniques, such as flocking and plastisol. Each shirt is creatively named: “CB Club,” “Game Night,” “The Kid,” Seven,” and “Olympic.”

10% of the proceeds from each shirt sold is donated to the Canadian Basketball Foundation, which is committed to promoting basketball to all Canadians

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