UPDATED: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to share the news that the NBA All-Star Tour will be making a stop in Winnipeg on November 19-22, 2015 as a lead up to the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto this February.  Joining the tour stop in Winnipeg will be NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues.

The tour is a nationwide All-Star 2016 program that will bring the excitement of All-Star to 14 Canadian cities in 10 provinces from November through February.

The main event, the NBA All-Star Challenge will be occurring on Saturday November 21 at the University of Manitoba Bison games at the Investors Group Athletic Centre with the event qualifiers beginning at 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

For the first time in the history of the NBA, the All-Star game is being played outside of the USA.  Basketball in Canada is at a tipping-point with the most NBA players in the NBA (outside of the USA) with the broadcast viewership on the rise and the fan base growing.  The NBA, with partners, Bell, BMO, AIRMILES, Samsung and community partner YMCA are going across the country to celebrate this monumental year for Canadian Basketball.  Leading the way is the Bell NBA All-Star Challenge, presented by AIRMILES and the BMO NBA All-Star Kidsfest.

Join us this Saturday for the Bell NBA All Star Challenge Presented by AIRMILES at Investors Group Athletic Centre.

Bison Basketball Game times on Saturday, November 21st will be:

  • 4:00 pm Women – Bisons vs. Pandas
  • 6:30pm Men – Bisons vs. Golden Bears

12 and Under are free, $5 for youth/seniors, $10 for adults. U of M students are Free.

In addition to the great basketball action between the University of Manitoba Bisons and the University of Alberta Pandas & Golden Bears, there are other reasons to come out to this event.

Contestants can participate in the Pre-Qualifier through 3 different contests at IGAC on Saturday Nov 21 between 9 am and 1:30pm, they are the 3pt Shooting Contest, the NBA Skills Challenge, and the Dunk Contest.  There will also be a professional dunker who will put on a show!  The top performers from this Pre-Qualifier advance to perform as part of the Saturday night basketball doubleheader hosted by the U of M Bisons.  And the winners of each contest win a trophy and go on the Nationwide Leaderboard with the top two performers from the 15 events in Canada winning a trip to Toronto to compete at the NBA All-Star Weekend.

Spectators will have a chance to win:

  • Samsung Tablet
  • 200 2016 All-Star Game T-shirts will be tossed out to the crowds
  • 200 2016 All-Star Game towels will be tossed out to the crowds
  • 4 NBA Swingman jerseys
  • 30 NBA mini hoops and balls, and other NBA giveaways

Spectators will get to see the Raptors Mascot, the Raptors Dancers, the NBA Championship (Larry O’Brien) Trophy, and NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues!

I hope you can come out and enjoy this Bison/NBA Basketball All-star Saturday Night!

For more information visit: http://www.gobisons.ca/sports/2015/11/13/MBB_1113155148.aspx?id=78

On November 19 & 22, the NBA will also be hosting basketball camps at other YMCA's in the Winnipeg area.

About the BMO NBA All-Star Kidsfest: 
Friday November 20 at 5:30 pm - Winnipeg Downtown YMCA - more details...
  • Every NBA All-Star started somewhere: youth of all ages and families, have the chance to experience the NBA through a community event that will include an NBA Legend, NBA Mascot and NBA Dancers
  • Starting at 5:30pm – BMO NBA All-Star Kidsfest will be held at the Downtown YMCA/YWCA for families to experience the NBA. There will be a Jr. NBA clinic, an Art project, an interactive KidsZone and a Dance class with NBA Dancers
  • Address: 301 Vaughan St, Winnipeg, MB (MAP)

About the Bell NBA All-Star Challenge, presented by AIRMILES: 
Saturday November 21, (NEW START TIME) 9:00 am - 1:30 pm at University of Manitoba Investors Group Athletic Centre - more details...
  • Bell NBA All-Star Challenge Presented by AIRMILES Invites Canada’s Top Competitors on All-Expenses Paid Trip to Compete at NBA All-Star 2016
  • You think you got what it takes to be an All-Star? The NBA is looking for the top 3-Point Shooters, NBA Skills Challenge Competitors and top Dunkers to compete for a national title in Toronto for All-Star 2016
  • Anyone over the age of 14 is invited to come down to the University of Manitoba at 9:00 AM to qualify for their chance to compete
  • Top competitors will compete for a trip to Toronto and a chance at the national title during the Bison games scheduled for 4:00 & 6:00 pm Saturday.
  • Address: 75 Sidney Smith Street, Winnipeg, MB (MAP)
  • PRINT PARTICIPATION WAIVER (required for all participants, note that players ages 14-17 requires a parent signature on the waiver)
NBA All-Star Tour Challenge Schedule (Updated)

  • For Pre-Qualifiers & Finals Competition(s) are at University of Manitoba
  • For Pre-Qualifier, no Pre-Registration; All hard copy waivers on-site to compete
  • Ages 14+ can Participate; Under 18 needs parent/guardian to sign waiver
  • No current CIS Basketball Players Can Participate
  • Provide one (1) AIR MILES rally towel to each person who registers 
8:45am: (Registration on 3rd Floor/Doors Open at 8:30-8:45am)

9:00am-10:55am: NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest – Open to Public
  • Both ends of the floor; 2 Shooters at a time; 60 Seconds
  • Using same 3-Point Contest Rules similar to the NBA All-Star Game
  • Top 5 Highest Scores will move on to SEMI-FINALS played on Sat Nov 21 in the evening. 
11:05am-1:00pm: NBA All-Star Skills Challenge – Open to Public
  • Use entire floor; 2 Contestants at 1 time; Compete until course is finished
  • Using same Skills Challenge Rules as NBA All-Star Game
  • Top 4 Fastest Times will move on To SEMI-FINALS tonight
1:10pm-1:30pm: NBA Slam Dunk Contest – Open to Public 
  • Use 1 end of the floor; 1 Dunker at a time; 45 Seconds to complete 3 dunk attempts
  • 4 Judges selected from NBA Team  
  • Format determined by # of participants 
  • A – If no contestants, Pro Dunker will put on show
  • B – If we have 2+ Legit Dunkers, Both move on and compete against each other; 
  • Pro Dunker Puts on Show afterwards
NBA All-Star Challenge Semis & Finals

  • 4:00 pm - University of Manitoba vs Alberta - Women
  • 6:30 pm - University of Manitoba vs Alberta - Men

Anchored by the BMO Financial Group (BMO) NBA All-Star Kidsfest at the YMCA and the Bell NBA All-Star Challenge presented by AIRMILES, the events will take place in Calgary, Charlottetown, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Sherbrooke, St. John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, Windsor and Winnipeg.  NBA Global Ambassador and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo and former NBA players Muggsy Bogues and Ron Harper, among others, will interact with fans across the country as they participate in All-Star-themed events and basketball activities, including appearances by NBA mascots and NBA team dancers.

canada-all-star“We couldn’t be more excited to bring NBA All-Star 2016 events to 14 cities across the country,” said NBA Canada Vice President and Managing Director Dan MacKenzie.  “As part of our largest grassroots initiative in Canada to date, this program will allow us to grow the game in the birthplace of basketball while also providing top young talent with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend NBA All-Star.  We thank our partners BMO, Bell, AIRMILES, Samsung and the YMCA for helping us make these events possible.”

Each event will tip off with the BMO NBA All-Star Kidsfest at the YMCA, an interactive family-friendly event featuring Jr. NBA clinics and NBA Cares activities such as dance classes led by NBA dancers, and a youth art program that invites the community to design a canvas that will be displayed during NBA All-Star 2016 in February.  The YMCA is the community partner of Kidsfest, where young sports enthusiasts will also have the chance to try their hand at newsmaking through the popular BMO Junior Reporter Contest.

The Bell NBA All-Star Challenge presented by AIRMILES, which builds on Bell’s commitment to growing basketball across the country and developing homegrown talent, invites basketball enthusiasts ages 14 and older to realize their All-Star dreams and show off their talent.  A cross-country initiative to identify and showcase the country’s next generation of rising stars, the Challenge will invite Canada’s top three-point shooters, skills challenge competitors and dunkers on an all-expenses paid trip to compete for a national title at NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto.  The regional challenges will be held at local universities and tie into each school’s basketball games.

Samsung Canada will be onsite in each market with the Samsung Studio to help get fans closer to their passion for basketball by creating personal NBA All-Star-themed videos using the latest mobile technology, which can be shared with family and friends through social channels.

NBA All-Star 2016 will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of basketball.  Toronto also hosted the first game in NBA history on Nov. 1, 1946 at Maple Leaf Gardens.  NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto is the first NBA All-Star to be held outside of the United States.

For more information on the nationwide NBA All-Star 2016 program and to learn about the events in each market, visit www.nba.com/allstarevents.  Fans can follow @NBACanada on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and unique content.

  • Thursday, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 22 Winnipeg, MB
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 22 - St. John’s, NL
  • Thursday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 29 - Toronto, ON
  • Thursday, Nov. 26 –Sunday, Nov. 29 - Fredericton, NB
  • Thursday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 6 - Regina, SK
  • Thursday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 6 - Montreal, QC
  • Thursday, Jan. 7 – Sunday, Jan. 10 - Calgary, AB
  • Thursday, Jan. 7 – Sunday, Jan. 10 - Charlottetown, PEI
  • Thursday, Jan. 14 – Sunday, Jan. 17 - Halifax, NS
  • Thursday, Jan. 14 – Sunday, Jan. 17 - Windsor, ON
  • Thursday, Jan. 21 – Sunday, Jan. 24 - Edmonton, AB
  • Thursday, Jan. 21 – Sunday, Jan. 24 - Vancouver, BC
  • Thursday, Jan. 28 – Sunday, Jan. 31 - Ottawa, ON
  • Thursday, Jan. 28 – Sunday, Jan. 31 - Sherbrooke, QC
  • Thursday, Feb. 4 – Sunday, Feb. 7 - Toronto, ON

About NBA All-Star 2016
NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto – the first All-Star to be held outside of the U.S. – will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game.  The 65th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre, will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.  TNT will televise the All-Star Game in the U.S. for the 14th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 31st year of All-Star coverage.  The Air Canada Centre will also host the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 13.  Other events at NBA All-Star 2016 include the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory.

Legend Info
Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is an American retired basketball player. The shortest player ever to play in the National Basketball Association, the 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) Bogues played point guard for four teams during his 15 season career in the NBA. He is best known for his ten seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, and also played for the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Toronto Raptors. After his NBA career, he served as head
coach of the now-defunct WNBA team Charlotte Sting.

After a brief stint playing for the Rhode Island Gulls in the USBL, Bogues was drafted 12th overall in the 1987 NBA draft by the Washington Bullets, and was part of a talent-laden draft class that also included David Robinson, Reggie Miller, Scottie Pippen, and Kevin Johnson. In his rookie year, Bogues was a teammate of Manute Bol who stood 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) tall. They were the tallest and shortest players in NBA history at the time, with 28 inches (71 cm) difference between them. Bol and Bogues appeared on three magazine covers together.

Despite his height, Bogues managed to block 39 shots throughout his NBA span including one on 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) tall Patrick Ewing. This happened on April 14, 1993 in the first quarter when Ewing was pulling the ball back to go up for the shot and Bogues stripped him of the ball. Bogues reportedly had a 44-inch (110 cm) measured vertical leap, but his hands were too small to hold on to a ball to dunk onehanded.

The Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets were set to enter the NBA for the 1988–89 NBA season. Despite their weakness at the point guard, Bogues was left unprotected by the Bullets. On June 22, 1988 the Hornets selected him in the expansion draft. As Bogues settled in Charlotte, he established himself as an exceptional passer, a great stealer, and one of the fastest players on the court.
Bogues spent ten years in Charlotte as the Hornets, led by Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson, became one of the most popular teams in the NBA and a perennial playoff contender. Bogues was one of the most popular players in Hornets history, despite the fact that he never averaged more than 11.2 points per game in a season.  He is the Hornets' career leader in minutes played (19,768), assists (5,557), steals (1,067), turnovers (1,118), and assists per 48 minutes (13.5).

Two games into the 1997–98 NBA season, Bogues' career in Charlotte ended when he was traded, along with Tony Delk, to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for B. J. Armstrong. Bogues played two seasons with the Warriors, and then signed as a free agent with the Toronto Raptors, where he would eventually finish his career. Although he was later traded to both the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, he did not play a game for either team.



ELIGIBILITY: The Program is open to legal residents of Canada who are: (1) 14 years of age or older as of November 21, 2015; and (2) Not a current member of any college or CIS basketball team or professional basketball team outside Canada. United States residents are not eligible to participate. Note: All Contestants are personally responsible for understanding and following high school or intercollegiate athletic eligibility guidelines as it pertains to your participation in this Program. Minor entrants must have parent/legal guardian’s permission to enter. Employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents of NBA Properties, Inc. (“Sponsor”), NBA Media Ventures, LLC, the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) and its member teams, Bell Canada, Bell Media, Loyalty One, and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, governors, owners, distributors, retailers, agents, assignees, and advertising/promotion agencies (collectively, “Released Parties”) and the immediate family members (parents, spouses, siblings, children and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of any such individual, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. This Program is subject to all applicable federal, provincial/territorial and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law.

PROGRAM IMPORTANT NOTE: By entering the Program, each Contestant (or his/her parent or legal guardian) represents that he/she is in good physical condition and that he/she has the physical capacity to participate in the Challenge and understands and accepts all risks associated with participation in the Challenge. Each Contestant also expressly acknowledges his/her understanding that the Program can be dangerous and can involve the risk of serious physical injury. Each Contestant represents that he/she is participating in the Program voluntarily, with full knowledge of the potential risks entailed and he/she is expressly, knowingly and voluntarily assuming the risk of any and all physical injury associated with or caused by his/her participating in the Program.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM: While at one of the participating fifteen Bell NBA All-Star Pre-Qualifier Challenges presented by Air Miles (each, an “Event”) (visit www.nba.com/allstarevents for Event times/locations) between November 21, 2015 and February 6, 2016, eligible contestants will be able to register for the Event on a first-come, first-served basis in-person. Sponsor does not guarantee that every eligible individual who wishes to participate in the Event will be able to do so.

Each contestant will participate in the Event, in the manner and according to the rules, procedures and conditions specified by Sponsor in its sole discretion. All details regarding the mechanics and other rules, procedures and conditions for participation in the Event will be determined by Sponsor (in its sole discretion) and will be provided immediately prior to the start of the applicable Event. All judging for the Bell NBA All-Star Pre-Qualifier Challenge presented by Air Miles, will be done onsite.

Contestants can sign up for one or all of the following pre-qualifying events: Three-Point Challenge, Skills Challenge, or Dunk Challenge. The NBA reserves the right to limit contestants signing up for more than one Challenge.

Any disputes will be resolved by the Sponsor (or the supervising staff designated by Sponsor for the Program), whose decisions shall be final, conclusive and binding. All contestants must complete the Event in the sequence presented by Sponsor. Only basketball(s) in the designated area that are provided by Sponsor will be used for the Event.

Source: http://pr.nba.com/nba-canada-all-star-2016-program/

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