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    June 4, 2019

    STARTS THIS WEEK: AJ Basi Basketball School Visit Program Announced for Grades K-8; Request a Visit Now!


    Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the continuation of an opportunity for elementary and middle schools in the greater Winnipeg area to a part of a new outreach program led by Winnipeg based professional basketball player AJ Basi.


    This program comes as an extension of the visits that professional basketball players Emily Potter and Keith Omoerah have made with Basketball Manitoba since December 2018.

    AJ is one of the most successful basketball players to come out of Manitoba and is now able to get involved with Basketball Manitoba with this new in-school opportunity for schools to take advantage of at NO COST TO THE SCHOOL.

    ABOUT AJ BASI

    Amarjit Basi was a high school standout for the Sturgeon Heights Collegiate Huskies, helping lead them to their first-ever provincial championship in school history.  In Grade 11, Amarjit was selected to play on the 17U Manitoba basketball team where he was the top scorer for the squad. During his time at Sturgeon Heights, he led the team to the Provincial Final Four all 4 years of high school and would be named to the Provincial All-Star Team 3 times.

    In Basi's final year of high school, he was selected to the All-Manitoba Team as the top player at his position and ranked #3 overall in the annual Winnipeg Sun player rankings.  Following a stellar high school career, Amarjit earned himself a scholarship to play for the University of Manitoba Bisons.

    Basi finished his 5-year playing career at the University of Manitoba as a 3-time captain and the school’s all-time leader in 3 pointers made while placing himself Top 10 in CanWest league history (189). In his senior season, he was also 5th in the league in steals. Basi was regarded as one of the top scorers in his conference and in his time with the program would lead the team to back to back Canada West Final Fours and the University National Championships for the first time in 32 years.


    Professional Career
    Upon completing his university basketball career, Amarjit also graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Psychology.

    2017-2018
    Signed 1st professional contract in the top basketball league (BBL) in the U.K. with the most successful franchise, Newcastle Eagles. He was the first player of Indian heritage to ever play in the BBL. He primarily played as a backup combo guard and was awarded the Most Improved Player concluding the season.

    2018-2019
    He signed a professional contract in Italy with Melfa’s Gela Basket and led the Sicily division in scoring with 24 ppg while helping pace the team to the #1 seed in the regular season.




    PROGRAM OVERVIEW 

    WHO: Professional Basketball Player AJ Basi
    WHAT: A new basketball outreach program to support the physical education staff at Winnipeg area elementary or middle schools
    WHEN: Opportunities are open during regular school hours in June 2019.
    WHERE: Any Winnipeg area elementary or middle school (K-8)
    WHY: To support an area school with a unique opportunity to have one of Manitoba's most successful basketball players visit your school to promote the sport of basketball on the court and motivate students to stay healthy and active!

    PROGRAM DETAILS 
    • AJ will help lead the physical education classes for the day (or set amount of time) at the school and will include his leading the students through an introductory experience with basketball including different age-appropriate skills and drills.  
    • The time will include some stories on his journey through the sport and how basketball has taken him to all corners of the world.
    • The school will need to provide access to the gymnasium space with at least 2 basketball hoops and ideally have available 1 basketball per student.  AJ will come with any other training aids to support his time in the gym with the students.  
    • Someone at the school is asked to briefly introduce AJ to the students before he takes things from there. A brief script will be provided.    
    • There is NO COST to the school or others for AJ to be present during school hours.  
    • AJ will be able to attend a set number of schools as a special guest as part of the physical education class during normal school hours and will be scheduled on a first come first served basis.    
    • AJ has completed both a Canadian Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry check and proof of completion can be provided upon request to the school. 
    • Interested schools can complete the below online application form to express their interest in having AJ at the school! 



    AVAILABILITY SCHEDULE

    IMPORTANT: Before requesting a time for AJ to visit your school, please review the below request chart to see what days are available to request.  The visit timelines are Monday to Fridays, from June 6 to 26, 2019.  The information is sorted by date.


    To view this information properly on a smartphone, rotate your device to a 'landscape' position to see all the data.  





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    SCHOOL APPLICATION FORM

    Interested schools can complete the below form to submit a request to Basketball Manitoba.  Only requests directly from a school will be fulfilled.  If you are a parent or student that would like a visit to occur at your school, please speak to your physical education teacher about requesting this for the school.

    The visit timelines are Monday to Fridays, from June 6 to 26, 2019.  

    Can't see the below form?  CLICK HERE to see it in a new window!


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    CONTACT 

    Questions on the program can be sent to Adam Wedlake at 204-925-5773 or by email to adam@basketballmanitoba.ca.


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