UPDATED LIVESTREAM: It is with great sadness that Basketball Manitoba share the news of the passing of Donovan Gayle on December 15, 2017. For the past 4 years, he battled leukemia and fought it every moment and was an amazing inspiration to those around him.
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To allow those living in Manitoba an opportunity to share in his service which is set for Saturday January 6, 2018 in Toronto, Basketball Manitoba has arranged for a space at the the Sport for Life Centre for local people to attend and watch the live stream of the service together. Details are...
Date: Saturday January 6, 2018
Time: 8:45 am to approximately 11:00 am (Toronto service starts at 9:00 am Manitoba time)
Location: Canada Games Sport for Life Building, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg (lower level conference room) - map below
Parking: Free 2 hour parking is available on all side streets or heated underground parking is available under the Canada Games Centre for $2.00 an hour. (see below maps)
The plans are to have a live stream video from Toronto play on the large screens in the Conference Centre for the first hour of his service. It will then follow with an opportunity for those present to speak and share any memories or stories they have of Donovan with the group. Those who have a 'Balling for the Cure' T-Shirt, sweatshirt or jersey are asked to wear it to the service.
For those who can't attend in person, the visitation and the service we will be live streamed at
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To aid his battle and give back to those who helped him at CancerCare Manitoba, he formed the 'Balling for the Cure' basketball tournament that raised over $20,000 in the four years it ran.
Donovan, or 'Deebo' as he was known to many, was born in Jamaica and moved to Toronto at the age of 16. He came to Manitoba after finishing high school to suit up for the Brandon Bobcats as a player and then a coach.
As per his wishes, there will be four, $1,000 scholarships that will be presented to 4 deserving Manitoba basketball players in his memory at this spring's Basketball Manitoba Awards.
He used the sport of basketball as an opportunity to better himself and those around him. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.
More information on his Balling for the Cure Tournament including photos from past events can be seen here.