A number of sports organizations are joining forces to host a multi-day provincial basketball event in the Lower Mainland in June.
Fraser Valley Bandits announced Thursday that it is partnering with Canada Basketball and Basketball BC to kick off the first BC Basketball Festival at the Langley Events Center (LEC) from June 13-19.
“The BC Pro Team 🏀 is having a big basketball party in Langley this June, and players and fans of all ages are invited to join in the action.”@IamDanielChai for @ListedVan – @DailyHiveVan: https://t.co/5j4bKaiozH
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This is a youth and adult basketball event that will feature a variety of activities for athletes, fans and teams, including multiple boys and girls divisions, as well as a basketball competition adult ball, 3×3, wheelchair basketball workshops and more.
A partnership between the Bandits and the Aboriginal Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (ISPARC), as well as Basketball BC Provincial Club Championships for girls and boys ages 14-17, are two more key events that add to the festival experience.
Further adding to the tournament atmosphere is the Junior Bandits Classic, for boys and girls in the age categories Under 10 to Under 13. More details regarding the collaboration between the Bandits and ISPARC, as well as registration details regarding the Club Championships and the Junior Bandits Classic, are expected to be announced later this spring.
The multi-day experience will draw teams and fans from across the province for one of the biggest basketball events of the summer, which will be punctuated by a Bandits home game against the Scarborough Shooting Stars on June 18 .
“Thank you to all partners for creating this opportunity to showcase the power of participation. Sport literally saves lives and uplifts communities,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport for the province of British Columbia.
“Whenever we make space for athletes to achieve their dreams, we empower them to thrive,” added Mark.
Players, teams and coaches interested in learning more about the BC Basketball Festival are encouraged to express their interest by fill in a link to receive communications regarding the event.
Alternatively, more details can be found at https://www.thebandits.ca/festival.
“It is an honor to align with a group of like-minded partners who are focused on creating an annual festival that not only celebrates the past, present and future of basketball in British Columbia, but also upholds the core values of inclusion, accessibility and competition,” said Bandits President Dylan Kular.
“We are delighted to welcome teams, clubs and coaches from across the province to our home at the LEC and to work with our supporting partners to create a memorable event that we can build on for years to come.”
“The BC Basketball Festival will be a great opportunity for fans of all ages to get back on the court and enjoy the game we all love,” said Michael Bartlett, President and CEO of Canada Basketball.
“British Columbia has a rich basketball history and Levon is one of a long list of players from the province who have made significant contributions to our national team programs over the years. On behalf of Canada Basketball, I would like to express my gratitude for Levon’s years of proudly representing Canada and wish him all the best in the next stage of his career.
In addition to uniting the BC basketball community, the festival’s goal is to highlight the growing popularity of the sport of 3×3 basketball, as well as the importance of developing coaches and officials.
Last summer, Basketball BC and the Bandits lined up to host the Summer Slam 3×3 tournament for the boys and girls under-13, under-15 and under-18 teams, as well as an adult division.
The BC Basketball Festival builds on the precedent set by the Summer Slam, which hosted over 80 teams in 2021.
The Bandits begin their road season on Wednesday, May 25 against the Ottawa BlackJacks. After a three-game tour to open the year, the Bandits will make their LEC debut against the Saskatchewan Rattlers on Saturday, June 4.
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