PROFILE: Scarborough Basketball Association (Jean Vanier)

The Scarborough Basketball Association (SBA) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1996. Their aim is to teach the joy of basketball and the importance of disciplined work ethic to many children living in Scarborough.

This summer branch of the Scarborough Basketball Association is located at Jean Vanier CSS at 959 Midland Avenue. They teach basketball to children ages 5 to 12 years old.

The day starts off with warm-ups and scrimmage for the kids. Eventually, they train the kids through basketball drills and play modified camp games to further improve their skills. Every week, they also try to go on a excursion to a water park. The camp is jam-packed with various activities for the kids to enjoy the summer.

The environment at SBA is a positive and energetic one. Moreover, the coaches are always supportive and patient as the children are eager to learn new skills. The staff truly have a passion for helping the kids become better athletes! The organization inspires and guide kids throughout Scarborough who want to play professionally or are casual players. As they continue to teach many future athletes, it is a wonderful program for a young child wanting to learn the fundamentals of basketball.



Scarborough Basketball Association


Jean Vanier CSS
959 Midland Ave, Scarborough, ON M1K 4G4

Dates and Times:

July 2nd to August 9th

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


From 5 years old to 12 years old

Contact Information:

Peter Jones


Profile: Blue Jays 501 Adelaide (Nelson Mandela P.S)

Jays Care Rookie League is a free 7 week summer camp program for children ages 6 – 12 years old where life skills such as team work, determination, and leadership on and off the baseball field.  Jays Care works with partner organizations across the country to develop Rookie League programs that train local youth & adult staff to facilitate and measure the impact of high quality programs for children in their communities. The program is designed to use the power of baseball and the appeal of the Toronto Blue Jays to foster lasting social change and create leaders beyond the ballpark.

In Rookie League, children improve in many things such as: important life skills, self esteem and self-awareness, relationship with peers, connections to positive role models, and a better likelihood to living a physically active life. They are supported in a way that will greatly foster their growth by the hard working staff that serve as mentors and leading figures in their lives. Whether it is working together in numerous group games, or helping each other improve their baseball skills.

At Jays Care their principle is that every child is unstoppable no matter what their socioeconomic background is. This means creating a program like Rookie League that removes barriers from sport and to recreation opportunities which level the playing field for all. This includes gender, physical, and mental equity for all children and youth, ensuring the best program possible.

This program’s influence across several communities across Canada is not to be understated. Jays Care proudly impacts over 65,000 kids annually through their programs designed to give kids all across Canada the life skills and confidence they need to become truly #UnstoppableKids.

Focus On Youth Staff



Jays Care Rookie League


501 Adelaide Street

Toronto Ontario

M5A 4L6

Dates and Times (2019):

July 2nd – August 15th

9:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M (Mon to Fri)


6-12 years old

Contact Information:

Tasha Reece


PROFILE: Dmitrik Sports

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Hoop House Basketball is the camp to be at if you are looking to gain some basketball skills. This camp is founded by Michael Dmitrik, since he was a child he has had a passion for basketball and he now has over 10 years of experience with being a certified NCCP (national certificate coaching program) coach.

Hoping for that winning basket

A day at this camp consists of many drills, exercises, and games that get the campers to gain confidence and skill in basketball. By the time camp is over you’ll be even better at this sport than you were before.

Professional dribbler

Dmitrik Sports is located at Dante Alighieri Academy where the kids are able to play and run around without worrying about encountering others. This safe environment allows for the kids to focus all of their attention on the way they play and how they could get better. With the help of their focus on youth coaches the kids progressively grow a passion for the game while learning techniques that they will forever hold.

Terique Clarke, Ashor Yaghob, Catherine Moday, Justine Hanna, Charlene Reyes, Jacob Pace


Dmitrik Sports

Dante Alighieri
60 Playfair Ave, Toronto, ON M6B 2P9

July 4 to August 12, 2014


4 years old – 16 years old

Contact Information:
Michael Dmitrik


PROFILE: Live For Ball

Live For Ball logo

Live for Ball is an organization located at Blessed Cardinal Newman High School, 100 Brimley Rd. They strive to develop and enhance team and individual fundamental basketball skills in a positive, fun environment. Since the organization was founded in 2008 by Katrina Sorra and Isaac King, the LFB community has grown larger each year.

During the morning, campers are expected to improve their basketball skills through a variety of drills and games. But they also build character, leadership skills and relationships through the different activities. Young helpers from the LFB community mentor the younger camper, this builds the family-friendly like atmosphere. In the afternoons the entire camp goes on a trip everyday like the park, splash pad, the Bluffs and much more! Every single day at camp is exciting and different.

LFB’s mission is to continue the adventure, help fulfill dreams, and help every player that joins their team to find their own strengths and battle through weaknesses and adversities. They strive to create a safe space for children to get away from and just have fun. At LFB they believe that you can do anything with focus and determination!

FOY Staff (Left to right) : Michelle (Neil), Jade (Neil)


Organization: Live for Ball

Location: 100 Brimley Rd. S, Toronto, ON, M1M 3X4.

July 5 to August 12, 2016

Contact Information:
Katrina Sorra
(416) 707-7033


Profile: Grassroots


Grassroots is an organization that gives youth in the area an opportunity to train themselves into better people through basketball. The staff at Grassroots have taught the youth many important skills that will help them become the best they can be.

Look at the flick of the wrist!

Each day, the campers start off with light warm-ups to get the blood pumping to their muscles. After the warm-ups, they begin basketball drills that develop their hand-eye coordination skills. Drills range from weaving in between pylons to a one-on-one game. Following the drills, the coaches set up an intense basketball game that keeps everyone engaged and cheering their loudest.

It’s a bird.. It’s a plane.. No it’s just a camper taking flight!

Besides the basketball training and competitions, the campers are also enlightened by motivational speakers about growing up in a high-risk neighbourhood. There are many different speakers that come in so the youth can have different perspectives on how to become a better person.

At the Grassroots camp, you can expect to see many talented athletes with great passion for basketball. Every camper helps each other out, whether it be teaching the right form or learning to listen to teammates in a game. Everyone in this camp is like a big happy family sharing the same passion for basketball.

FOY Staff: Eduardo Rodriguez, Dennis Padilla (MCLUHAN Centre)



Chaminade College School
490 Queens Drive
M6L 1M8

July 2nd – August 6th

8 years old – 15 years old

Contact Info:
Tamara Brown


PROFILE: Faceup Basketball Camp


FaceUp Basketball Camp of Scarborough is a warm and welcoming place that helps all campers improve their basketball skills, as well as team building skills. Not only does this camp focus on basketball, but it also builds leadership skills and allows for long-term friendships to be made.

Jump ball between two close friends!

Mornings at FaceUp Basketball Camp focus on strength and conditioning. This includes morning jogs, drills and stretches. After lunch, campers can look forward to participating in drills which will help them improve their basketball skills. Campers can show these skills off in daily scrimmages which take place near the end of the day.

Campers take part in a scrimmage match

For the younger ones at FaceUp Basketball, the day starts off with some arts and crafts to help get their brains started for the day. Following this, campers can expect to participate in many other activities including obstacle courses, leadership games, team building games and more.

The FaceUp Basketball staff strives to create balanced, STRONG team players. Their goal is to develop, improve and strengthen the fundamental skill and basketball knowledge of players of all levels.

FOY staff looking good for the camera!

FaceUp Basketball works with youth ages 8 to 18, with skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced and offer elite developmental drills to elevate the level of play for each of their committed participants.

Focus on Youth Staff (L-R): Paolo Hermogenes, Marissa Charles, Patricia Velasco, Maria Albano (all from VANIER centre)


FaceUp Basketball

Our Lady of Fatima
3176 St Clair Ave East , Scarborough

July 5 – August 12 2016
9am – 4pm

8 – 18 years old

Contact Information:
Coach Kareem



PROFILE: Scarborough Basketball Association (SBA)


Scarborough Basketball Association‘s goal is to provide youth the opportunity to grow and enjoy life through the sport of basketball. They set up camps for the youths in the area who wish to understand the game of basketball or improve their skills.

Formed in 1996 as a non-profit organization, the Scarborough Basketball Association (SBA) has a simple game plan to provide youth in and around the Scarborough, Toronto, Pickering, Ajax and Markham area in Ontario with the opportunity to grow and enjoy life through the sport of basketball.

Campers listening to Coach Sanders’ instructions (clearly one kid isn’t listening)

Gotta stay hydrated when you’re a basketball player!

To start off the day at SBA camp, campers will participate in warm-ups, drills and scrimmages. After all this campers will be given their lunch breaks to rest and build up more energy for all the activities which will be done in the afternoon. Afternoons basketball activities are played for technique training, they play dodgeball, arts and crafts and finish the day off with some reading.

Young Steph Curry in the flesh!




The Scarborough Basketball Association is a registered non-profit organization, run and coached by volunteers. They believe in putting athletes first and winning second. Over the past 10+ years of existence, they have placed Scarborough on the basketball map in Ontario, by producing great basketball players and organizing competitive tournaments.


All the BALLERS from the 2016 SBA Camp!


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Focus on Youth Staff (L-R): Kevin Parekkattil, Andrea Castillo, Christine Cambas, Chantal Hayles (all from NEIL Centre)



Scarborough Basketball Association

Jean Vanier CSS
959 Midland Ave, Scarborough, ON M1K 4G4

9am – 3:30pm
July 5 – August 12 2016

Contact Information:
Peter Jones
(416) 285 – 4428


PROFILE: Hoop House Basketball

Hoop House Basketball
Hoop House Basketball

Hoop House Basketball is an organization founded by Michael Dmitrik. This camp focuses on the fundamentals of basketball, while incorporating the excitement of summer. The camp is located at St. Timothy’s Catholic School, and runs from the beginning of July to mid-August

Working on both offensive and defensive skills

A regular day at Hoop House Basketball is very active and high-energy. It starts off with with stretching and right away proceeds to various drills that would occur in real game situation. Afterwards, they scrimmage, head off to lunch and play everyone’s favourite, a game of dodgeball. The kids then learn the “basketball lesson of the day,” an important concept used in basketball and in real life.

Hoop House Basketball allows the FOY staff to share their high energy and positive spirit, and the campers send back positive vibes in return.

Focus on Youth staff (left to right) : Royan (Neil), Yohann (Libermann), Joanne (Libermann), Wendy (Libermann)
Focus on Youth staff (left to right) : Royan (Neil), Yohann (Libermann), Joanne (Libermann), Wendy (Libermann)


Organization: Hoop House Basketball: St. Timothy’s

Location: 90 Rochelle Cres, Toronto, Ontario, M2J 1Y4.

Dates/Times: July 6 to August 14, 2014 9:00am-4:00pm

Age: 7 years – 16 years

Contact Information:
Michael Dmitrik
(416) 454-3775


PROFILE: Eastview Boys and Girls Club (Holy Cross)

Go to the Eastview Boys & Girls Club section of the B&G Club of Greater Toronto website

Operating for more than 40 years, the Eastview (Toronto) Boys and Girls Club continues to provide youth with a safe and welcoming place to spend their time during the summer. Their vision, “to be at the forefront of community inclusion, leadership, well-being, participation and healthy development for the Eastview community”, is constantly demonstrated in one of their locations: Holy Cross Catholic School.

Leadership values being taught in-class

As a summer day camp, the Eastview B&G Club runs for 8 weeks during the months of July and August. From 9AM to 4PM, they provide youth with a wide variety of activities that help their campers develop team-building, leadership, and good moral character. These activities give the youth something fulfilling to do in the summer, while on top of all having fun!

A glimpse of what they do in the gym and during free time:

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Their priority is also delivering a wide range of physical activities that keep their campers active and healthy during the summer: camp counsellors host games in the gym or they play sports outdoors. Other activities include cooking/baking, leadership classes, arts & crafts, going on trips, and much more.

The gallery below features campers excitedly baking cupcakes during their indoor activities:

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The Eastview Boys and Girls Club would not have been where it is today without their dedicated staff and supporters, as well as Focus On Youth. Through FOY, the organization is able to use school sites to run camps, and hire devoted staff whom reflect the camp’s values.

FOY Staff (from left to right) Rolph Banawa, Teanna Bujold and Shonie Jasmin

Focus On Youth staff Shonie Jasmin highlights the importance of always being prepared with the campers: with the number of kids they have at camp, “you’ll never know which group you’re gonna get, so you always have to adjust yourself… be energetic, be positive all the time, so they can follow you.” As she continues to work with the campers, she develops patience, building a stronger moral character herself. Fellow counsellor Rolph Banawa says that he loves working with the kids, as they always give him energy. Through the many weeks they’ve worked with the Eastview B&G Club, there was never a dull moment!



Organization: Eastview Boys and Girls Club (part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Toronto)

Location: Holy Cross Catholic School

299A Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 3R7

Dates/Times: July 4th – August 22nd, Monday to Friday, 9AM to 4PM

Contact Information:

Laurette Jack


Eastview Boys & Girls Club at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Toronto website

Eastview Boys & Girls Club at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada website

PROFILE: Basketball World Toronto


Basketball World Toronto was founded in 2006 to meet a need for high quality basketball programs in the city of Toronto. The founder sought the need to improve basketball programs by taking a more authentic basketball approach to the development and management of the programs. The mission of Basketball World Toronto to develop the best all-around basketball programs and players in Toronto for the love of the game.


The mission of Basketball World Toronto is to develop the best all-around basketball programs and players in Toronto for the love of the game. It’s long-term is to help develop grassroots basketball through combining program participation and basketball knowledge to elevate the game. They hope to create a positive basketball culture by managing professional programs and training for anyone who participates in the game.


Basketball World Toronto achieves their mission by creating a R.E.A.L. experience for all participants:

– Respectful, professional and passionate individuals.

– Everyday pursuit of excellence.

A – Advocate for basketball in the community.

L – Leading the sport of basketball.

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Organization: Basketball World Toronto

Location:  130 Shanly Street Toronto,ON. M6H 1L9

Dates/Times: 7 weeks from June to August. Starting at 9am ending at 4pm.

Contact Information: 

Michael Reio

416 889 8727

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