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

PROFILE: Live For Ball

Go to LFB website

Basketball training!

Basketball training!

Live For Ball (LFB) is a summer camp that runs for five weeks during the months of July and August. In its second year as a summer camp, it strives to enhance team-building and respect for one another through the sport of basketball and leadership activities. LFB provides a fun, safe, and positive environment to keep the youth active and make the most out of their summer.

Learning team-building and communication as they coach and help each other

Learning team-building and communication as they coach and help each other

Operating on weekdays from 9AM to 4PM, all participants of LFB do warm-ups and physical activities in the morning, mainly covering the fundamentals of basketball. In the afternoon, the younger part of the group goes out on trips, while the more experienced of the group stay inside for more intensive basketball training.

An exciting game of Dr. Dodgeball!

An exciting game of Dr. Dodgeball!

LFB is more than just a basketball camp. It also runs a variety of leadership games and activities that promote teamwork, respect, good sportsmanship, and moral lessons that give its participants a foundation for good character. Because of this, the LFB team at Blessed Cardinal Newman High School has truly evolved into a closely-knit family.

Elite members coaching younger members

Elite members coaching younger members

Energizers for the morning

Star athletes in the making!

Star athletes in the making!

LFB’s partnership with Focus On Youth not only benefits the organization itself, but teenagers as well. In an interview with Focus On Youth staff, Marlene Solano says that her favourite part about her job is the motivation she gets from her coaches. Through Focus On Youth, Live For Ball becomes more accessible to teens across the city.

Focus On Youth staff (left to right) Mariel Gascon and Marlene Solano

Focus On Youth staff (left to right) Mariel Gascon and Marlene Solano

Live For Ball supervisors Isaac King and Katrina Sorra

Live For Ball supervisors Isaac King and Katrina Sorra



Organization: Live For Ball

Location: Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School

100 Brimley Rd S, Toronto, ON M1M 3X4

Dates/Times: July 7th – August 8th, Monday to Friday, 9AM to 4PM

Contact Information:

Isaac King and Katrina Sorra


The lovely faces of LFB!

PROFILE: Hoop House Basketball

Hoop House Basketball Logo“The main goal of Hoop House Basketball is to advance basketball at the grass roots level in Canada and make the sport more accessible for youth regardless of gender, race or athletic ability.” – Michael Dimitrik (Founder and Director of Hoop House Basketball)


The Hoop House Basketball (HHB) summer camp is for boys and girls between the ages of 7-16. Athletes are instructed by university/college level players and coaches. Campers are divided into groups based on skill level and age. Whether beginner or advanced, Hoop House Basketball will teach and develop their skills in a safe and fun environment. The HHB experience will also teach campers important life skills such as confidence, respect, teamwork and leadership.

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A regular day at Hoop House Basketball ranges from basic exercises, to different basketball themed games, to various training drills and later ends with a full-court basketball game. Participants learn various skills such as dribbling, shooting, and self-control. Participants not only get the chance to learn physical exercises but the various drills help improve character and habits.


With the camp being founded in 2009, Hoop House Basketball hosts 20-30 campers every week running Ontario Basketball Association programs as well as working with the Amateur Athletic Union.




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Organization: Hoop House Basketball

Location: Dante Alighieri Academy.  60 Playfair Ave. Toronto, ON M6B2P9

Dates/Times: 6 weeks from June to August. Starting at 9am ending at 4pm.

Contact Information: 

Michael Dimitrik


Profile: Recognize For Real

Recognize for Real is a youth organization that was founded in 2005. The program runs for 6 weeks and takes place at Monsignor Fraser and serves the surrounding community that is classified as a high-risk neighborhood.



The program focuses on making positive strides in the community  through leadership and sport initiatives, as well as encouraging participants and staff to become “REAL” (Respect Everyone and Life) individuals. The programs seek to provide youth with an enjoyable experience, positive role models and a foundation of life skills that will be beneficial in overcoming any challenge.


The Focus on Youth staff act as  mentors who are able to relate to the youth, as well as bringing positive influences and leadership. The students are from within the community, and take pride in knowing that they can guide the kids down the right path.



Organization: Recognize for Real (Monsignor Fraser, 45 Norfinch Ave.)

Dates/Times: July 2nd to August 9th

Contact Info:, 647-8237325

Profile: Dmitrik Sports (Hoop House)


The group of athletes!

The Dmitrik Sports Camp was founded by Michael Dmitrik five years ago. With an average of 15 participants per week, ages 10-14 years old, this camp promotes physical activity primarily by playing  basketball all day, every day. The camp is open for players of all skill levels.


Michael showing off his skills!

The camp runs from 9am to 4pm. The morning begins with a game for the entire camp to warm up, like dodge-ball or freeze tag. Participants then have strength and endurance exercises, then stretches, and a game before lunch. After lunch, they separate into groups according to skill level. and have stations to teach various basketball concepts. Throughout the camp they have events like dunk contests, drills, and scrimmages.


Doing some drills

Focus on Youth has been working with the camp for the past four years. The leaders help with setting up, leading the stretches, and they run the skill stations. The goal of the camp is twofold, as mainly it is to advance sport for children and make it accessible to youth, irrespective of their financial circumstances, but also to have children build positive friendships among their peers and staff.





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Focus on Youth staff


Organization: Dmitrik Sports (Hoop House)

Location: Madonna Catholic Secondary School (20 Dubray Ave)

Ages: 7 – 16

Date/Time: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


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Profile: Studio 15


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Johnny Playing ‘Me Switch’ with Studio 15


Opening Assembly

Studio 15 is an arts-based camp, mainly run by the sibling team of Jessica and Johnny Dotson, with all decisions overseen by the organization’s executive director, Darrin Lindsay. The camp handles kids ages 10-15, and divides them into 3 age categories.

Following the quick success of Studio 15, the administration decided to run programs year-round. The organization is centred within the Kingsview village community, which is filled with diversity and multiculturalism. The camp runs for 4 days a week, 9am to 3pm. Depending on the day, campers will go to the gym, play sports, swim, dance, or practice and work on art, as well as have a weekly trip. This year, they are excited to attend Playdium for the first time in their history. The camp also travels to places like Wild Water Kingdom, and Medieval Times. At the end of the 6 week program, there is a talent show, where the community can come and watch the youth of the organization perform what they have been practicing, as well as display all their art pieces.


Alex showing off the camp rules


Studio 15 has been supported by Focus on Youth. This year, Focus on Youth has assigned 4 workers to their organization.  Focus on Youth picked their employees and representatives well this year, and Mercedes Molina, Natasha Boatang, Imade Edokpayi, and Chris De Francesco fit Studio 15 well. All 4 workers have an artistic talent, be it singing, dancing, or acting.



Focus on Youth workers Michael De Francesco, Imade, Natasha Boatang, Mercedes Molina


The Studio 15 showcase is a great night, and provides great entertainment. The show provides dancing, acting, and singing, and any other talents the children wish to showcase.


Druv showing his skills in European Handball


Amazing teamwork! Nice Pass, Druv

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Showing off our art

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Organization: Studio 15 

Location: St Maurice, 45 Kingsview Boulevard, Weston, ON. M9R 1T7

Ages: 10-15

Dates/Times: July 3rd – August 9th


Contact Information: Darrin Lindsay – 4162485000

Special Event: Sunnybrook Camp Day


The sky was bright and clear, and the weather was just a bit chilly as students from Blessed Mother Teresa and Father Henry Carr’s Footsteps summer camp arrived at Sunnybrook Park to enjoy  their official Camp Day on July 24th.


Members of the Focus on Youth team on hand to greet the campers



The event was organized by Mike Consul, and Andre Fullerton, and run by the Focus on Youth Media Team. The day saw the students participate in a number of outdoor sport and teamwork-building games. After disembarking, the students were split into teams, and rotated between stations run by a member of the Media Team. Each station was given two teams, who went head-to-head in games that tested their sporting abilities (Bring Home The Bacon, Ultimate Frisbee), or their teamwork (Pyramids, Three-Legged Race).


Campers make a mad dash for the prized pool noodle in Bring Home the Bacon



Teamwork is necessary to beat the Three-Legged Race


Students putting their heads together (sometimes literally) for Pyramids

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After a delicious barbecue lunch of burgers and hot dogs the students and staff gathered together for a group photo, and then went on their way home, tired but satisfied.


Teachers help haul the grill up to the cooking area


The staff and campers all together

The staff and campers all together