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04/28/2016

ONTARIO SCHOLASTIC BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PROGRAMS PARTICIPATING IN GIRLS’ EXPANSION LEAGUE

Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) announced the eight schools and academies that will compete in the inaugural season of the girls’ league.

“After the successful 2015-16 debut of the OSBA boys’ league, we are excited to expand the league to include girls’ programs,” said Lindsay Walsh, Director of Basketball Development at Ontario Basketball. “The eight schools selected will provide our high performance athletes with the structure and support they need to develop and to achieve success at the highest levels.”

The following schools will participate in the 2016-17 OSBA season:
 

School
Location
Bill Crothers Secondary School
Markham
Durham Elite
Whitby
École secondaire publique Louis-Riel
Ottawa
Guelph Prep
Guelph
King’s Christian Collegiate
Oakville
Lincoln Prep
Hamilton
Southwest Furfaro Academy
London
The Rise Centre Academy
Brantford

Teams will begin tryouts and training in September 2016, and the first game will tip off in January 2017.

Ontario Basketball has been working closely with Canada Basketball over the last few years to develop the women's technical basketball curriculum utilized at both the provincial and national levels. Through the OSBA, the curriculum will now reach coaches and athletes at the school level.

“It is wonderful to see the harmonization and integration between local, provincial, and national basketball organizations through the OSBA,” commented Denise Dignard, Director of Women's High Performance at Canada Basketball. “The league will positively impact Train to Compete athletes as well as grow coaches and educate parents about high performance basketball in Canada.”

For more information, please visit www.ontariosba.ca.

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Media Contact: Linh Nguyen, Commissioner, OSBA Girls
                           416-477-8075 ext. 214
                           lnguyen@basketball.on.ca


About Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association
Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) was formed through a partnership between Ontario Basketball and Pretty River Sports + Entertainment. OSBA is the governing body for high school prep basketball in Ontario, Canada. The league’s mandate is to provide development and exposure opportunities necessary for Canada’s top athletes to excel at the next level. The league provides a new elite competition model that allows Canada’s top athletes to train and compete at home, in Canada. All OSBA-sanctioned programs must have athletes that attend the same school and meet the high standards defined and monitored by the OSBA. For more information, visit www.ontariosba.ca, and follow @OntarioSBA for the latest league news.

About Ontario Basketball
Ontario Basketball is the sport governing body for basketball in the province of Ontario. Created more than 70 years ago, Ontario Basketball represents the province’s amateur basketball interests. Its membership is comprised of athletes, coaches, officials, members clubs, camps, local basketball organizations, and basketball supporters. For more information, visit www.basketball.on.ca, and follow @OBANews for the latest updates.

About Pretty River Sports + Entertainment
Pretty River Sports + Entertainment owns and operates several sports and entertainment properties, including: the Athlete Institute, Athlete Institute Football Club, Athlete Institute Basketball Academy, CrossFit Combine, the Orangeville A’s (NBL Canada), the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association, and the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game. For more information, visit www.PRSE.ca.
 

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