Approximately 170 York Catholic students recently had a rare opportunity to join in the NBA All Star fun last week when the biggest names in basketball visited the Greater Toronto Area for the NBA All Star Weekend.
Junior students from St. Cecilia, San Lorenzo Ruiz, St. Paul and St. Clement Catholic elementary schools were invited to participate in the first-ever Jr. NBA Day at the Enercare Centre in Toronto on February 12, 2016. Along with students from other school boards, the York Catholic students participated in basketball drills and learned fundamental skills directly from NBA legends such as Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, as well as other current and former NBA and WNBA players, and NBA Development League players. All students participating were given T-shirts, shorts, socks and sneakers from the sponsor, Under Armour.
In Vaughan, hometown hero, Andrew Wiggins, who was the 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year and first overall draft pick in 2014, returned to his old stomping grounds to host a basketball fun day at the Dufferin Clark Community Centre. Wiggins himself, along with his sponsor, Adidas, invited local students from surrounding schools to play with him on February 13, 2016.
Anthony Lewis, Grade 12 FLS student at St. Elizabeth CHS was one of the lucky students selected and he wholeheartedly enjoyed playing basketball alongside his favourite NBA player. Lewis, along with the other participating students, was given a jersey, shorts, and pair of sneaker by Wiggins and Adidas. To show his appreciation for being included, Lewis wrote thank you letters to both Wiggins and to the Mayor of Vaughan to show his gratitude for the once in a lifetime experience!
Lewis is a member of the St. Elizabeth CHS Senior Basketball Team and he recently scored his first 'bucket' while playing a game against the St. Joan of Arc Thunder! Way to go!