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Summer basketball to hit the Maples

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Two former basketball stars players and outstanding coaches have helped launch the Unity Basketball Association (UBA) in the Maples.

This student-centred program will give area boys and girls from seven to 17 years of age an excellent opportunity to be active, have fun,and at the same time learn the fundamentals of a popular sport — that some of the children’s parents have never played.

One goal of the UBA summer program, which will run in July and August this year, is to increase basketball participation of kids in northwest Winnipeg.

The big buzz in the community is that Sukhvir Singh, former University of Winnipeg basketball all-star and Manitoba coach of the year, will be the head coach of the league. Singh is now the head coach at Red River College.

"I am very happy to assist the area kids to learn and enjoy this great game," he.  

Super organizer Manoj Nowrang, a former star player and interim head coach at the University of Manitoba, is the other leader in the program.

"Basketball fosters teamwork and discipline. The lessons learned on the court are reflected in life," Nowrang said.

Several former university/college and high school basketball players are also lined up to assist in mentorship and coaching of the young athletes.

The UBA is sanctioned by the Basketball Manitoba. So Smooth Basketball, Edge Basketball, WMBA, Red River College and Seven Oaks School Division are other strong supporters of the league.

Members of the UBA board include Sunny Kaila, Rex Sharma, Rita Sidhu, Anu Sidhu, Kamta Roy Singh and Devi Sharma.

This Unity Basketball Association program will follow Basketball Canada’s long-term athletic development model, meaning that there will be a balanced practice to game-playing ratio. Skills development will be a primary focus.  

"The organization looks forward to promoting health, character building, and a love for basketball," Nowrang said.

For more information contact Manoj Nowrang — coachnowrang@edgebasketball.ca) — and Sukhvir Singh at sukhvir.singh33@gmail.com

Derek Dabee is a community correspondent for The Maples. You can contact him at ddabee@mymts.net.

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