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YMCA, Raptors 905 partnering for season, hosting virtual basketball discussion

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YMCA, Raptors 905 partnering for season, hosting virtual basketball discussion

The YMCA of Greater Toronto has announced it will be an Official Partner with the Toronto Raptors’ G-League team, the Raptors 905.

The announcement comes as the 905 prepares for the upcoming season, and the two organizations are organizing a free virtual courtside chat for basketball enthusiasts on Thursday (February 4) from 2:30 to 3 p.m.

The discussion will focus on “why motivation matters” in sport and everyday life, and it will include leaders from both organizations, including Courtney M. Charles, vice president of Basketball and Franchise Operations with MLSE, Brittni Donaldson, Assistant Coach of the Raptors 905, Beth Morgan, General Manager of Health and Fitness for the YMCA of Greater Toronto, and Dedric Nelson, General Manager of Teen Strategy for the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

“Basketball was invented at the YMCA and it’s part of our DNA, so we’re proud to be an official partner of the Raptors 905,” Medhat Mahdy, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, said in a news release. “Basketball has a low barrier to entry and is a great way to stay active, develop skills that can be applied on and off the court, and find a sense of connection and belonging.”

“Basketball is something that brings people together,” Charle said in the same release. “Whether it’s a team of professionals or a pick-up game at the Y, we believe in the power of sport to unify and form connections between all walks of life and that’s what excited us most about our partnership with the YMCA.”

Those interested in attending can register online.

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