(Toronto, ON) The 2009 edition of NBA 3on3 presented by Rogers tips off
this weekend from June 27-28 at Western Fair Grounds in London, ON with
special guest, nine-time NBA All-Star and legend, Dominique Wilkins.
This is the first stop of eight as Canada’s only 3on3 tour brings the
true NBA experience to Canadian hoopsters from coast to coast.  Canada
Basketball will once again be a part of this popular event, showcasing
the ‘Steve Nash Youth Basketball Skillz Challenge’ on the CB court.


“We are pleased to be a part of the NBA 3on3 that is a quintessential part of summer basketball in Canada, said Canada Basketball Executive Director and CEO, Wayne Parrish.  “The Toronto Raptors and wonderful partners and are committed to developing the game and providing opportunities for the Canadian basketball community to showcase their talent while having fun.”This is the fourth season for the NBA 3on3 tournament that takes place from June - August.

Participants will again have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and receive exclusive Toronto Raptors merchandise in their player bags. The event will feature appearances by NBA and Raptors personalities in every city. Admission is free for spectators. Spectators will have access to the Rogers Slam Dunk Contest, Speed Stick 24/7 Challenge, Juicy Fruit King of the Court II, Speed Stick Shoot for $1,000 Contest, Steve Nash Youth Basketball Skillz Challenge and the Rogers My5 Court.

The Canada Basketball court will feature elements from the national grassroots basketball development program named after the two-time NBA All-Star.  Participants will strive to complete three drill stations (dribbling, passing, and lay-ups) in the quickest time possible.  While there are top prizes each day for the best time, everyone will receive free giveaways from Canada Basketball.

Registration is still taking place for the events across Canada. Basketball enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels are invited to visit www.NBA.com/3on3 for more information and to register their teams.

The schedule for NBA 3on3 presented by Rogers is as follows: London (Western Fair Grounds) June 27-28; Atlantic (Moncton Coliseum) July 4-5; Montreal (Hippodrome de Montréal) July 11-12;  Winnipeg (Red River Exhibition Park) July 18-19; Toronto (Exhibition Place)  July 25-26; Edmonton (West Edmonton Mall) August 8-9; Vancouver (British Columbia Institute of Technology) August 15-16;  Calgary (Currie Barracks – Parade Square) August 22-23.


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NBA 3on3 Winnipeg Tour Stop for 2009





JULY 18-19, 2009



Final Entry Deadlines: Tuesday July 14, 2009

    * in person at 200 Main Street in Wpg: 5:00 pm CST

    * online at NBA.com/3on3 : 11:59 pm CST




Canada Basketball (www.basketball.ca) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that is committed to the growth of the sport in Canada.  Just as important, Canada Basketball is focused on the development and preparation of Canada’s national teams for the Olympic; Pan American and FISU Games as well as the World Championships.  The aspiration of Canada Basketball is to instill the pride, commitment, passion and respect that Canadians personify into the development of basketball across the country and internationally. 

For more information please contact:

Tanya Phillipps                                                                                       

Manager, Marketing & Communications                                                  

Tel:  416.614.8037 x 219                                                                      

e-mail: tphillipps@basketball.ca                                                                

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