JUNO HOOPS presented by GLOBE AND MAIL
First-ever celebrity basketball game in support of MusiCounts – Canada’s national music education charity associated with CARAS. The game featured three-time World champion and Olympic double gold medalist sprinter, Donovan Bailey; J.E. Skeets & Tas Melas, co-hosts of The Basketball Jones Show on The Score; DJ Future the Prince (Drake’s official tour DJ); and Skratch Bastid, first-ever DJ to be nominated for a Juno Award (Producer of the Year, 2008).
Tanya Kim, etalk Anchor, was one of two honourary guest coaches for Juno Hoops, and she was paired with Roy Rana and Charles Kissi, head coaches of the Ryerson Rams men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams.
Other celebrities on board included Toronto Raptors game-day host and hype man, Mark Strong, and renowned urban music producer/promoter Kid Kut. DJ Garrick Estwick (Roots Canada) provided the game-day beats throughout the event.
Other participants: R&B star Ray Robinson; former professional player and UMAC president, Will Strickland; 2007 Juno Reggae Award nominee, Trinity Chris; award-winning spoken word poet, Dwayne Morgan; DJ D.O.C.; media personality Devo Brown; Michael Grange, and mas band leader Dwayne Pitt.
Twenty players on two teams competed for the inaugural Juno Hoops Trophy, with an MVP award given out to one player on each team.
Right after the game, a special exhibition contest between two of Ontario’s top midget boy’s teams took place between Toronto Triple Threat and the Mississauga Monarchs.
Venue: Kerr Hall Gymnasium, Ryerson University