Changing the lives of under resourced kids through Bay Street Hoops
This past weekend was the 25th annual Bay Street Hoops basketball tournament in support of KidSport Ontario and the Drive for Dreams Foundation. The tournament took place at U of T Athletic Centre from March 28-30, 2019. There were 53 teams participating in the tournament this year, including a Co-Ed, Masters, Men’s Competitive, Men’s Rec and Women's division. Winners from this year's tournament:
- Women's Division: Virtual Brokers (CI Investments)
- Master's Division: BBS Securities (CI Investments)
- Co-Ed Bloomberg Division: Ted Rogers MBA (Ryerson MBA)
- Men's Competitive Evolve ETF: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
- Men's rec A Saputo: KPMG Blues (KPMG)
- Men's Rec B CIBC Mellon: Fidelity Men's 1 (Fidelity Investments)
- Men's Rec C Scotiabank: Stikeman Elliot LLP
- Men's Rec D TD Securities: McMillan Eagles (McMillan LLP)
Congratulations to all the winning teams!
A special addition to this year's tournament, thanks to a new tournament sponsor, Dilawri Group, was an opportunity to win an Audi A3! Through the Bay Street Hoops Fan-raising challenge, the top five (5) fan-raisers had the opportunity to win a 2019 Audi A3 (retail value of approximately $40,000) during the lunchtime three-point shoot-out contest.
The five (5) qualifying individuals participated in a free throw contest to determine a winner. That winner was given one shot to sink a basket from half-court. Unfortunately, the contestant missed the shot, so they did not take home an Audi A3, only the title as the tournament’s TOP Fan-raiser. That's right, out of over 1000 people who participte, watch and attend Bay Street Hoops, this person raised over $950 to help support more under resoured kids in Toronto play sport, amazing! Following the car contest shoot-out, Basketball World Toronto teamed up with celebrity host, Q-Mack, to host the Bay Street Hoops kid’s clinic. Kids aged 4-12 came out to learn some new basketball skills, be active, and most importantly have fun! Check out photos from the tournament, car shooting contest, kids clinic and the Post-Game party on the Bay Street Hoops Facebook page here.
Bay Street Hoops is run by dedicated, passionate volunteers who all believe in our mission of ensuring ALL kids can play, and we were so honoured to be a beneficiary of this year’s 25th anniversary tournament. Over the past 6 years as a beneficiary, Bay Street Hoops has supported us in helping over 2,000 kids from Toronto into a season of sport. Thank you Bay Street Hoops for changing the lives of kids across the GTA through sport, who otherwise would be left on the sidelines. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our national partner, Saputo, who was a Centre Court sponsor for the tournament and provided cheese sticks for all participants throughout the tournament. This year was Saputo’s second year sponsoring the tournament and we were proud to see our national partner on the back of every player's jersey in the tournament, thank you Saputo!