SBA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE TORONTO BLUES ELITE SUMMER TRAVEL PROGRAM

Toronto elite basketball

BOYS TRYOUTS:

Session #1
Elite Basketball Clinic & Game Play Evaluation

Lead by Kenold Knight – Assistant Coach of the University of McMaster Men’s Basketball Team & Head Coach of Lincoln Prep’s Varsity Boys Team in Hamilton
Saturday April 21st
U10 & U11 – 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
U12 – 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Seneca College, 1750 Finch Ave. East, North York

Session #2
Comprehensive Basketball Combine – testing the athleticism and skills of the athletes
Lead by FITS Toronto and RISE Unlimited
Sunday April 22nd
U10 & U11 – 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
U12 – 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
St. John Paul II CSS, 685 Military Trail, Scarborough

Session #3
Final “Invitation Only” Try-out
Lead by Team Coaching Staff and Officials
Saturday April 28th
U10 & U11 – 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
U12 – 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
St. John Paul II CSS, 685 Military Trail, Scarborough

Cost of Boys Tryouts $30

Register Now

GIRLS TRYOUTS:

Saturday April 21st
U15, U16 & U17 – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
St. John Paul II CSS, 685 Military Trail, Scarborough

Cost of Girls Tryouts $25

Register Now

 

Years of hard work and dedication has established the SBA as one of the premiere basketball organizations in Ontario and now we are excited to introduce our Toronto Blues Elite Boys & Girls Summer Travel Program which will set the bar above all others.

Our goal is to provide elite level basketball players between the U12 (Boys) and U15 - U17 (Girls) age groups in the GTA with unparalleled athletic development training and skills training, while exposing them to the highest level of competition in North America. More importantly, it's more than about basketball! We will develop our athletes' skill level while at the same time developing our athletes outside of the game of basketball by providing our athletes with support needed to acquire positive life-long habits, develop exceptional character, and excel academically in the classroom. Our ultimate goal is that by doing this ALL our athletes will be in a position to obtain academic and/or athletic scholarships to Universities/Colleges that compete in NCAA, NAIA and CIS. All of our participants will be leaders on and off the court.Toronto Blues Elite will define what it means to be successful at the next level!

Athletes selected will receive elite-level training by the team’s coaching staff and our officials, which will include:

 

  • Academic and Character Development sessions
  • Athletic Development Training to improve strength, movement, endurance and speed.
  • Comprehensive Basketball-specific skill development training
  • High-level competition to some of the top basketball tournaments in North America

TOURNAMENTS COMPETING IN THIS UPCOMING SEASON:

Boys Tournaments

Boys AAU Ohio State Championships
Cincinnati, OH
May 18-20

*Nike Rumble in the Bronx
New York, NY
June 1-3

Adidas Junior Invitational
Fishers, IN
July 13-15

Nike Summer Championship
Columbus, OH
July 20-22

*U12 & U13 only

Girls Tournaments

Grand Nationals
Cleveland, Ohio
Fri. June 15 – Sun. June 17, 2018

Montreal Summer Classic
Montreal, Quebec
Fri. June 29 – Sun. July 1, 2018

USJN 15 Annual Midwest Showcase
Indianpolis, Indiana
Thurs. July 5 – Sun. July 8, 2018

Hoopdome Tournament
Toronto, Ontario
Thurs. July 19 – Sun. July 22, 2018

2018 National Championships
Atlanta, Georgia
Fri. July 27 – Sun. July 29, 2018

Increase the Peace Tournament
Toronto, Ontario
August date TBD

PROGRAM STAFF

Kareem Fearon
Boys Program Director
kareem@torontobluesbasketball.ca

Kareem has been around the game of basketball his whole life and brings a wealth of experience to the Toronto Blues Boys Summer travel team. He is a NCCP and NCAA certified coach and has been coaching basketball for the past ten years, coaching student-athletes of various skill levels.

From a young age he was around the game of basketball as his father, George Fearon coached the Galloway Lancers alongside one of SBA’s founding members, Mervin Busby whose teams had a lot of success both locally and in the US. Kareem learned a lot from being around his dad and the plethora of other high-level coaches that he was blessed to be around throughout his playing career. He had the opportunity to be exposed to very high-level basketball his whole life at all levels of basketball and he loves to teach and expose the up and coming generation to all that he learned throughout his career, as well as things that he wished he had received that he didn’t get when he played.

He is now a Youth Pastor at Christian Life Centre, in Ajax, Ontario and has a passion for seeing youth reach their full potential in life and loves using basketball as a median to help achieve this goal. He believes strongly in helping players achieve success on the basketball court through consistent systematic basketball skill and athletic development but more importantly he believes in academic success and is committed to helping players be well-rounded individuals and not just a basketball player!

High School

  • Played under legendary basketball coach in the state of Florida, Coach Darryl Burrows at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale

College

  • Wayne University

Coaching

  • Toronto Longhorns 15U Boys – team competed in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League 15U Challenge (2017)
  • Scarborough Basketball Association U13 Girls – won silver medal at the Provincial Championships (2016)
  • Woburn Collegiate Institute, Junior and Varsity Coach – created a championship culture at a school that had been notorious for not even making their regional play-offs, winning two Jr. Boys East Region Championship, a Jr. Girls East Region Championship and a Senior Girls East Region Championship (2014-2016)
  • Scarborough Basketball Association U15 Girls – #1 ranked team in the province (2013)
  • Phase 1 skills trainer (2011-2013)
  • Fire Basketball U17 Boys – Took a team that was provincially ranked as a Division 4 team the previous year and lead the team to qualify to be a Division 1 ranked team (2008)

tamara nembhardTamara Nembhard
Girls Coach
tamara@torontobluesbasketball.ca
Tamara has been playing basketball since elementary. In college she was a 3 time first team all star and Rookie of the Year in her first year. Tamara was the face of Seneca Women’s basketball and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Seneca Women’s Basketball when she graduated.

Tamara actively plays in numerous Women’s Leagues. In addition to playing she has also been coaching basketball since grade 9. She has ran multiple basketball programs within her neighborhood, as well as for her schools. Tamara has also trained and helped with the Seneca Women’s Basketball program after graduating. She currently coaches for Scarborough Blues Association and has been a coach for 4 years with this organization. She is NCCP Coaching certified and AAU Coaching Certified. Tamara is very passionate about coaching and is always looking forward to taking her girls to the next level every year. It is more than just a sport to her it is a lifestyle.

Team Officials

Dr. Thomas Lam
Director of Sports Science
Dr. Lam graduated from the University of Toronto in 1998 with a Bachelors’ of Physical and Health Education, and then went onto study at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, graduating in 2003. Since, he has been in private practice and in 2007 he started FITS, a high-performance training centre and sports medicine clinic that features a movement-based approach to prevent injuries, manage existing injuries and enhance performance. FITS is a dream come true for Dr. Lam, whose passion is to build a world leading company that Builds Better Athletes and the health of a nation. Based on this passion, Dr. Lam regularly collaborates with leading Sport Scientists, Researchers and Health Care Professionals for the “Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.” His accomplishments include developing the Physical Literacy and Injury Prevention System, Flight School, and implementing the Long Term Athletic Development across Alpine, Basketball, Volleyball and several other sports. His work has contributed to 20+ Olympians, World Champions, NBA Drafted Athletes, Professionals Athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL, CFL, over 40 National Team Titles, 50 Provincial Club Titles, and over 100 NCAA Div. 1 Athletes (Basketball, Volleyball, Alpine Ski Racing, Hockey, Baseball, Football and Soccer)

Kevin Massiah
Director of Skill Development
Kevin is the founder, director, and lead trainer of RISE Unlimited, one of Canada’s leading basketball skill development training services, offering training programs that cater to athletes at any skill level (amateur, collegiate, professional) who want to improve their basketball performance on and off the court.

At RISE they strongly believe in teaching basketball specific skill sets that will help their clients reach their goals, through a systematic approach, whether it’s making their school/AAU teams, getting a collegiate scholarship or maintaining a professional career.

Before starting RISE, Kevin had an extremely decorated career playing at all levels:

High School

  • 2x Canadian High School Player of the year 2000/2001

College

  • NCAA Division 1 Sun Belt Champion 2003 (Western Kentucky University)
  • NCAA Division 1 Horizon League Champions 2006 (University of Milwaukee Wisconsin)

Professional

  • Italy San Benedetto (2008)
  • Banijas Basketball Club UAE (2009-10)
  • Fjolnir of the Iceland Express League (2010-11)

Coaching

  • RISE Unlimited – Skill development trainer (2011-present)
  • Phase 1 skills trainer (2011-2012)
  • Canada Basketball Junior Academy (2012-2015)

SBA has a very rich history that demonstrates the strength of our basketball organization.
Some of our alumni includes the following:

NAME
Olu Fumatimi
Tyrone Mattison
Papa Oppong
Justin Dennis
Devoe Joseph
Jason Calliste
Cory Joseph
Kelly Olynynk
Daniel Waldin-Mullings
Maurice Walker
Troy Joseph
Nick Lewis
Negus Webster-Chan
Andre DeGrasse
Kemar Alleyne
Gavin Pearce
Tyronn King
Ray Kasongo
Daniel Cummings

SCHOOL
Arkansas University
Long Island University
Eastern Kentucky University
Montana State – Northern University
Minnesota / Oregon University
Oregon University
Texas University
Gonzaga University
New Mexico State University
Minnesota University
Long Island University
Sheffield University
Hawaii University
USC
St. Mary’s (USports)
St. Francis Xavier University (USports)
University of New Brunswick (USports)
Tennessee / Iowa State University
Tennessee University

PROFESSIONAL
Quilmes de Mar del Planta (Argentina)
Island Storm (NBL)
Windsor Express (NBL)
Ebstorf (Germany)
BC Nokia (Finland)
Moncton Magic (NBL)
Indiana Pacers (NBA)
Miami Heat (NBA)
Kataja Basket (Finland)
Saint-Quentin (France)
Orangeville A’s (NBL)
London Lions (England)
Raptors 905 (NBA G-League)
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