Story of the Month

March 2017

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March Madness Basketball Tournament

The first round of the March Madness Basketball Tournament took place at Centennial Recreation West, Falstaff Community Centre, and Fairbank Community Centre. Hosting over 150 basketball players from the following communities: Fairbank (Oakwood and Vaughan/Eglinton West), Neptune, Lawrence Heights (Jungle), Centennial Recreation West (Eglinton and Keele), Masaryk-Cowan (Parkdale), John Innes, Toronto Trojans (East Mall and Willowridge), 21-15 (Jane and Finch/Falstaff/Driftwood),  Albion Neighbourhood Services (Rexdale), BMD (Falstaff), Brothers Keepers (Falstaff), and Don Montgomery (Eglinton East Kennedy Park).

Along with our players we had a great amount of support from three youth councils, spectators, volunteers, family and friends. These young athletes played with plenty of heart and all teams had players of different skill levels.

We would like to shout out and thank the following people for their contributions to the success of the overall event: IIF, SDFA, COSTI, Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Toronto Public Library, Public Health, 13 Division, Corporate Security, Councillor Josh Cole, caters: DIMES Restaurant and Kizzy, Performers: DT the Artist, Drae Lawson, Chief Reckah, Driftwood Innovators, Louis March, Jempress, Roots, Referees, Scorekeepers, Coaches, YOWs, CRPs, YRPs and Part-time staff.

We want to congratulate the top three teams: Don Montgomery (1st Place), 21-15 (Second place), and John Innes (3rd place).

Participant Testimony

"I enjoyed the March madness tournament, it was well organized and fun with good competition"

"It's more than basketball, it's about working hard and playing harder"

"End the violence, mentorship and brotherhood, and safe space"

"Leading up to the event it was great to work with other youth from feuding communities in our practices and life skill"

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