The program has been designed to teach basic basketball skills to inner-city youth (ages 12-14) in a basketball camp environment. The program was initiated by Basketball Manitoba together with NBA player Todd MacCulloch. The program is completely funded by Todd MacCulloch and the Sport Manitoba Bi-Lateral Program and was written by Winnipeg native Garth McAlpine.
Each fall, up to 8 inner city Winnipeg schools are selected to take part in the program. Each spring, 5inner-cityy Winnipeg schools are selected to take part in the program. Each school is given a head coach that together with coaches from the school take the participants through 8 specific sessions. The program traditionally runs October through December out of the 8 Winnipeg schools and April through June out of the 5 Winnipeg schools.
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Who is Todd MacCulloch?
Todd MacCulloch was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. A Winnipeg, Manitoba native, the 7'0", 280 lb center played four seasons in the NBA before being forced into early retirement because of Bi-Lateral Foot Neuropathy
In his first two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, MacCulloch played reserve center, averaging 9.4 minutes, 2.6 rebounds and just under 4 points in 56 and 63 games respectively from 1999 to 2001. In the 2001 off-season, he signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Nets and as their starting center averaged 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds a contest. MacCulloch was then traded back to the 76ers for the 2002-2003 season, in which he averaged just under 20 minutes, 7.1 points, and 4.7 rebounds a contest. He went on the injured reserve list at mid-season, did not play the following season, and announced his retirement in September 2004.
MacCulloch played for the Canadian national team of various sorts 93 times, most notably at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where the Canadians topped Yugoslavia to win their group only to lose to eventual silver medalist France in the quarterfinals and finish seventh.
A graduate of Shaftesbury High School in Winnipeg, MacCulloch was in 1999 named Honorable Mention All-America as a senior at the University of Washington, when he averaged 18.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, and a .662 field goal percentage. He led the NCAA Division I in FGP in his final three years of college, only the second player ever to accomplish the feat. He was all-Pac Ten First Team selection in his final two years at Washington. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 2nd round (47th overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft.
“As a kid, I had a lot of opportunity to participate in basketball camps to help improve my game. Without these opportunities, I would not have been able to get to the next level. I am thrilled to be able to support a program that gives extra instruction to athletes to give them the opportunity to become the best that they can be. I am glad to see all these deserving schools getting to take part in the program this year! I hope it is another great year for everybody! Thanks again for everybody's hard work who is involved with the program." - Todd MacCulloch
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