The KW Youth Basketball Association would like to send out thanks to two big donors as this 2016/17 season gets underway.
Tepperman’s new store in Kitchener graciously donated $5,000 as part of the company’s “giving back to the community” program. This award, accepted by the YBA President, John Illingworth, helped to defray the costs of starting up the Viper Girls program.
The City of Waterloo also helped those costs by donating a one-time grant of $3,000 on top of Waterloo’s regular grant to the association as an accredited minor sports club.
KW YBA scholarship goes to Sam Sutherland
KW YBA is proud to award its 2015/16 scholarship to Sam Sutherland. Sam led his Viper team for the past six years from his point guard position and helped the team develop from Division 5 to Division 1. Along the way, Sam had a big hand in bringing home a U16 Major Midget D1 silver medal in 2011/12 and a strong fourth place D1 finish in 2015. Sam is now studying business at the University of Ottawa.
KW YBA’s connections to the KW Titans
The KW Youth Basketball Association has very close links to the area’s new professional basketball team, the KW Titans. Not only will there be a link through the community outreach program, but two of the team’s coaching staff also have ties with the YBA and its programs.
Mike Quigley, the YBA’s Executive Administrator, has accepted the position of lead assistant coach with the team. As such, he will have a hand in the on court development of this brand new franchise in the National Basketball League of Canada.
Kyle Deep, a member of the YBA Executive Board in the role of Director of Coaching Development, has also accepted a position as one of the other assistant coaches of the team.
Check our website, www.kwyba.com, for all upcoming events. If you are interested in volunteering at any level, please email us with your interest.
Submitted by Mike Quigley, Executive Administrator of Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Basketball Association