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 2017-18 Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). 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.
Quest for Gold Nominees
|Full Card Nominees||Half Card Nominees|
|Eric Beckett||Kyle Duke-Simpson|
|Benjamin Hendriks||Johnathan Avgousti|
|Noah Wharton||Darius DeAveiro|
|Caleb Houstan||Ryan Brooks|
|Joel Brown||Ben Shoveller|
|Jaden Bediako||Justice Prentice|
|Wheza Panzo||Cassandra Joli-Coeur|
|Ryan Nembhard||Andrea Dodig|
|Kordell Charles||Isaline Alexander|
|Christina Morra||Isabella Gaudet|
|Keishana Washington||Isabella Zingaro|
|Kylee O’Hara||Abigail Jedege|
|Rebecca Marzan Demeke|
Quest for Gold Alternates
|Full Card Alternates||Half Card Alternates|
|Kyle Duke-Simpson||Connor Vreeken|
|Johnathan Avgousti||Thomas Kennedy|
|Darius DeAveiro||Tyler Delevante|
|Ryan Brooks||D'Angelo Cortese-Affoon|
|Ben Shoveller||Nana Owusu-Anane|
|Justice Prentice||Nana Boateng|
|Cassandra Joli-Coeur||Joshua Primo|
|Andrea Dodig||Jared Kreiner|
|Isaline Alexander||Taylor Featherstone|
|Isabella Gaudet||Xianna Josephs|
|Isabella Zingaro||Keanha Riley|
|Abigail Jedege||Lauren Foullong|
Please note that this list is unofficial and is subject to change pending the outcome of any appeals and/or any re-selection decisions made by the Selection Committee or the Quest for Gold Appeals Committee. As a consequence, this list should not be seen as final.
Athletes who have not been nominated and who wish to appeal this decision can do so by following the process set out in the Quest for Gold Athlete Selection Criteria (.pdf).
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 the Jumpstart website.
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 Dimes 4 Time campaign, please visit the Dimes 4 Time website.
If you would like more information about funding opportunities, please visit the Their Opportunity website.