Basketball Bonanza rallies for community sports

by | Dec 3, 2019 | Sports

Melanie Valente-Leite, News Reporter

Event Management students raised more than $1,000 for the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) foundation.

The Basketball Bonanza held Nov. 25 in the E Concourse allowed students to come and join while travelling between classes. The event promoted the National Men’s Basketball Championship at Humber in March 2020.

Their goal was to raise money for MLSE by selling raffle tickets that offered prizes ranging from Humber gear to backpacks, wellness packages and Starbucks goodies.

Daniel Laming, a Sport Management student, was ecstatic about his role in helping raise awareness and donations to fund more opportunities for kids that are less fortunate.

“We’re here raising money for MLSE. It runs a lot of great inner-city programs for less fortunate kids,” he said. “And that’s really what our vision for this event was.

“We want to increase the (number) of programs for all those kids,” Laming said.

Mihaela Visiniou puts her skills to the test as joins in on activities with students playing basketball. (Melanie Valente-Leite)

The Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Foundation believes all children should have access to play sports and join recreational programs for free. They first launched their program in 2009 and have continued to unite more than 125,000 kids with the love of sports.

“I’m super excited. My students have worked really hard and they’re an exceptional group of students,” said Deborah Singer, a Fitness and Health professor. “So, it’s really fun to see it all come to life.”

Singer wanted her students to apply the skills they learned in their program, while emphasizing how events don’t need to be only for Humber students but also a bigger cause.

Students like Mihaela Visinoiu, a soccer coach and Recreation and Leisure services student at Humber, were drawn to participate in the activities because her love of sports couldn’t keep her away.

“It was amazing, I had such a good time because I love movement. When I see the ball, it’s like a magnet, can’t escape it,’” Visinoiu said.