Raptors In-Arena Hosts
Mark Strong, they call him Strizzzy:
Mark is excited to be back for his second season as your Toronto Raptors in-arena host. Mark is the voice that will get you on your feet and making noise at all of our Toronto Raptors home games.
Mark's career started in the early 90s. Strong joined the cornerstone of the urban talent pool in Toronto, Fresh Arts. An organization that helped build the foundation of such talent as: Kardinal Offishall, July Black and video director Little X. His writing skills and connection with those around him also helped him branch out into acting, writing and producing several neighbourhood theater plays, which strengthened his grounding in communities across the GTA. Mark's career has ranged from TV, including warm-ups for Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel to Radio, including the morning show on G987fm. He is currently the host of NBAXL and the in-field host for the Toronto Argonauts.
As a dedicated family man, Strong works hard to be a positive role model in several communities. His persona has managed to captivate thousands of listeners and viewers with his humor, creative parodies, witty topics and commanding presence. He is always up for the challenge to push the creative envelope and there's no telling where he'll take it next. Mark is excited to be joined by his new co-host, and former Dance Pak Captain, Kat, for the 2011/12 Raptors season!
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Favourite Artists: Prince, Ice Cube, Olu, P.Diddy, 50Cent, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Snoop Dog, Drake, Janet Jackson, Ice Cube, Nelly Furtado
Favourite Actors: Denzel Washington, Russell Peters, Jennifer Lopez, Richard Branson, Elisa Cuthbert, Queen Latifah, Chris Rock
Favourite Athletes: Roger Craig(San Fran 49ers), Mike "Pinball" Clemons, Paul Tracy(champ car racing), Magic Johnson
Favourite Books: Autobiography of Malcolm X
Favourite Movie: Do The Right Thing
Fav. Song: Can't Say One...I have a Hundred and ONE
Favourite Food: Roti
Favourite Dessert: Anything Chocolate
Favourite Designer: Sean John
Favourite All-time Raptor: Alvin Williams
Favourite Thing About Raptor Games: Energy
Favourite Raptor Contest: Dance For Your Dinner
Favourite Raptor memory: Beating Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls in 1996
Words to live by: Embrace Every Moment Like It's Your Last
Kat Stefankiewicz tackles the entertainment world with a genuine enthusiasm, class and diversity, working professionally as a host, dancer, actor, model and choreographer. Since graduating from the well-respected Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance Program she adds feature film, television, live theatre, commercials and print to her background.
A Burlington native who now calls Toronto home, Kat joined the MLSE family in 2006 as a member of the Raptors Dance Pak. She dedicated her passion and choreography to the team for five seasons, standing as captain for three. Kat joined the NBA TV Canada team in 2009 as a host and reporter. She takes fans "past security" with the Raptors through social media engagement and live events including the All Access series at Real Sports, a live chat between the team and their fans. This season, she replaced her dancing shoes with a microphone, and is thrilled to be joining Mark Strong as in-arena co-host.
You can interact with her on twitter @MatterofKAT.
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Favourite Artist: Kings of Leon, Citizen Cope, Drake, James Morrison, The Black Keys.
Favourite Book: Love in the Time of Cholera -Gabriel Garcia Marquez and anything by Paolo Coelho
Favourite Movie: Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the original.
Three people I'd like to have dinner with: Gene Kelly, Sean Penn and Olivia Wilde.
Favourite Food: Bruschetta
Favourite Dessert: My Grandma's Cherry Cheesecake
Favourite Clothing Store: My go-to stop is Zara.
Favourite All-time Raptor: Muggsy Bogues and Jose Calderon
Favourite Thing About Raptor Games: I've been living the in game experience for six seasons and the fans are what get the place buzzing. It's incredible how many wonderful people you meet and get to see every game, whether season seat holders or employees at the ACC. Being right in the action is pretty amazing too!
Favorite Raptor Contest: The Dizzy Bat Race always gets the place laughing! But it's always amazing when someone comes to a Raptors game and unexpectedly goes home with a huge prize like the half court shot contest for big bucks! I think I'm usually more nervous than they are!
Favourite Raptor memory: I've been lucky to be a part of so many wonderful events and travels with the organization it's just one big favorite memory! Traveling to China with the Dance Pak, training camp in Vancouver, the surprise community visits in Toronto with the team, a signed jersey given to a fan off the players back for their birthday, meeting fans from around the world on all of our stops, the moments where you've made a person's day that much better...those are my favorite memories.
Words to live by: Save your strength for things that you can change.