Financial Assistance

Quest for Gold

Ontario Basketball is pleased to announce a draft list of athletes and alternates who have been nominated for Ontario Cards under the 2016-17 Quest for Gold Ontario Athlete Assistance Program. This program provides support to Ontario’s amateur high performance athletes.

The athletes nominated were selected using the sport-specific selection criteria (.pdf) developed by Ontario Basketball, approved by its Board of Directors and applied by the Selection Committee.

The final list of athletes nominated for an Ontario Card, including alternates, is below.

Full Card

Eric Beckett
Jama Bin-Edward
Joel Brown
Tiarra Davis
Laura Donovan
Makayla Ennis
Kaillie Hall
Joshua Hemmings
Benjamin Hendriks
Emanuel Miller
Kate Moran
Christina Morra
Kylee O’Hara
Addison Patterson
Liam Rietschin
Merissah Russell
Luka Sakota
Keishana Washington
Noah Wharton
Aerial Wilson

Full Card Alternates

Johnathan Avgousti
Malcom Bailey
Andrea Dodig
Aaliyah Edwards
Mide Oriyomi
Justice Prentice
Ben Shoveller
Maryama Tukstra

Half Card

Johnathan Avgousti
Malcom Bailey
Khaleem Bennett
Micah Dennis
Andrea Dodig
Kyle Duke-Simpson
Aaliyah Edwards
Jada Grannum
Mide Oriyomi
Justice Prentice
Ben Shoveller
Maryama Tukstra

Half Card Alternates

Isaline Alexander
Darius DeAveiro
Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe

If you have any questions, please contact:

Carmelo Mallia

OBA Jumpstart

Jumpstart was launched with the commitment to help kids in financial need participate in sport. Not only does participating in sport allow kids to develop physical skills, it also helps build their self-esteem, giving them the chance to gain confidence that will extend beyond practices and games, teaching them essential life skills.

In Canada, 1 in 3 families cannot afford to enrol their children in organised sports. Jumpstart wants to change that — and to give kids a sporting chance. Since 2005, more than 1 million kids between the ages of 4 and 18 have been helped by Jumpstart — and that number grows every day.

At Ontario Basketball, we want kids to be able to participate in our programming regardless of their family’s financial situation — Jumpstart can help! If you are a parent or guardian looking to get more information on jumpstart’s funding program, please visit their website.

Their Opportunity

Their Opportunity is committed to providing kids from low-income families with the opportunity to play in local sport programs. Through sport, children build confidence, social skills, and commit to an overall healthy lifestyle.

Their Opportunity fundraising campaign, “Dimes 4 Time”, takes place every year for six weeks in January and February. The campaign engages elementary schools across the Durham region, encouraging them to collect change in the classroom and bring it to children who might not have the same opportunities.

After the six weeks of fundraising, 600 children have the opportunity to come together and celebrate in a fun-filled event. They participate in a variety of sports and activities allowing them to understand the importance of generosity and giving back to the community.

If your school is interested in becoming involved with the campaign, or if you would like more information on funding opportunities, please visit their website.