Basketball Development: Community Highlights
Whether it’s playing, coaching, or now officiating, the Raptors Basketball Development team has something for everyone.
Hosting their first annual development clinic for local referees at Air Canada Centre, over 100 attendees took in an afternoon of technical demonstrations and guest speakers in the spirit of coming together to improve their skill set.
Hearing firsthand accounts from former veteran NBA official and current ESPN Rules Analyst Steve Javie, and current NBA officials Tony Brown and Eli Roe, insight and feedback from highly regarded professionals in the business was at the forefront.
“I appreciate all the Raptors did for the officials of Ontario and beyond in providing the 1st annual referee’s clinic. It was a great event, I do hope this becomes a yearly one. Thank you again for having us in your house!” Rick P., York Region.
Being Canada’s Team gives us the opportunity to positively affect a variety of local communities across the country.
Game day at the Bell Centre in Montreal this October allowed members of the Raptors Basketball Development staff to reach out and make a difference in the lives of some great fans.
Local coaches sat in on the morning shootaround to see firsthand how head coach Dwane Casey and his staff prepare for an evening’s matchup.
"The first thing you get is you’re impressed, so you need to get past that and then you start to look at the scrimmage and try to look at what they’re working on," said Frank Jetté, a coach of 15 years.
As the players wrapped up shootaround, it was time for Montreal’s future basketball stars to take to the court with Raptors alumni Tracy Murray helping lead a clinic for 40 local youth. Ball handling, passing and shooting were on the agenda as the young athletes were put through a series of NBA-style drills to test their skills.
During the game, as a final give-back, the Bell Centre & the Raptors presented Basketball Quebec with a donation of $10,000 to help further support the growth of grassroots basketball in the province of Quebec.
We look forward to making similar impacts in other communities as we continue to spread Raptors Basketball across the country.