DeMar Gives Back

Meet DeMar DeRozan – shooting guard for the Toronto Raptors, currently in the midst of a career season, with highs in points and assists per game. On court DeMar has grown as a true leader, but what fans may not know is that off the court DeMar’s generous contributions prove him to be a leader in the community as well, positively impacting youth and their education.

Partnering with the Toronto District School Board, DeMar has combined the two things he holds close – basketball and literacy – to form ‘DeMar’s Slam Dunk Book Club’. His goal is to give back by providing a fun environment for elementary students to learn and grow through education and sport. Currently in his fourth year of involvement, DeMar continues to fund an extra-curricular basketball and reading program for boys across Toronto. Making regular visits to the schools, DeMar has met each student who has participated, discussing the significance of education and literacy while working hard at what you love.

In addition to the Slam Dunk Book Club, DeMar has also purchased a Raptors Ticket Program for participating students to attend a game this season from the Community Suites in Air Canada Centre. His personal ticket program will bring in over 120 students to watch him play this season.

With over 1200 elementary boys completing the program since its inception; DeMar has had a profound impact on each participating student. Making regular visits to the locations, his generous contributions are well respected and appreciated throughout our city of Toronto. For more information on DeMar’s and other Raptors participation in the community, please visit