Wayne Dawkins – A Personal Interview on Basketball and Life

Wayne Dawkins is a Canadian basketball coaching pioneer. Immigrating from Jamaica as a young child before settling in Alberta and then moving to Toronto and being recruited by Eastern Michigan. Over his life, he’s helped 100s of young men and women receive scholarships and has built a school for young children in his home country of Jamaica. We thank him immensely for sitting down with us at The Jaleel Sobers Show.

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Wumi Agunbiade: On A Mission To Inspire

In many cultures, it’s believed that a name connects you to your past and can predict your future. For Wumi Agunbiade (given name Omawumi), the latter would seem to be the case. The name ‘Omawumi’ literally translates to ‘a lover of children’, and what better name could there be for a woman who spends her life enlightening and empowering young women?

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Charles Kissi – Sauce for Coaching Success

When I had initially wrote about Charles Kissi success as a coach it was before he turned pro and he was working tirelessly preparing himself by redefining the Brock University men’s basketball team for five seasons. At one point leading them to a 31-win season and a birth in the U-Sport Final 8 national tournament.

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NCAA Dreams from North of the Border

Things were very different for a young Canadian baller trying to get to the NCAA in the 80’s and early 90’s. This was just before things began to erupt into what we see today. The path to the NCAA dream did not come with the proven roadmap that exists now and hoards of successful basketball peers to guide the way.

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Cordell “Bobby” Llewellyn – Canadian Basketball Gladiator – Part 1

Bobby defined our era of basketball. How we were taught to play by our peers, dictated by the tough, no- blood-no-foul style being played in the NBA. It was a time of psychological and physical basketball warfare.

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Chenel Harris – NCAA Women’s Coaching Inspiration

Despite only being 28 years old Chenel’s has seen many of her peers leave collegiate coaching and pursue alternative careers. Chenel has set herself apart because she has managed to find balance within the unbalance of coaching at such a demanding level.

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Mckenzie Sigurdson – Journey to the Air Canada Centre

As a trainer you know not every child possess the same athletic gifts, some are blessed with quickness, some natural strength and some leaping ability. Mckenzie has many gifts but her great hand eye coordination and a natural feel for the ball in her hand separated her from her peers.

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2001-2012 P.H.A.S.E. 1 All Canada Classic

The All Canada Classic (a.k.a. the Rumble in the T-Dot) National High School All-Star Basketball Celebration run by P.H.A.S.E. 1 still stands as Canada’s 1st and longest run national high school all-star game. From 2001-2012, the All Canada Classic consistently featured the biggest names in Canadian boy’s and girl’s high school basketball under the same roof

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My Testimonial About Philip Dixon

At that moment I turned on the television to TSN and my life would change for ever. The broadcasters were talking about Toronto’s Metro All Star Basketball Game and the dunk competition was being being aired. The favorite in the competition was Philip Dixon from Bathurst Heights CI and he was in a heated battle with Everton Shakespeare from George Harvey CI, Wayne ‘Fridge” Robinson from Runnymede CI, and few more Toronto’s high school skywalkers.

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Part 4 – The Implosion Before the Explosion of Canadian Basketball

The team representing Canada was made up of players from Jane & Finch, Rexdale, Regent Park and Jungle as well as a few ballers from Markham and Southern Ontario. These fearless warriors, who had never been further than the east coast of North America, battled for Canada winning the silver medal. They defeated both the Argentinian and Polish National Teams before losing a close battle to a U.S.A. Jr. National Team lead by Carmelo Anthony, Sheldon Williams, Juwad Williams and 4 other high school All Americans.

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Part 2 – The Implosion Before the Explosion of Canadian Basketball

The original Canadian AAU basketball founders and alumni have since been responsible for constructing a clear pipeline for Canadian basketball talent to flood into the United States prep, college and professional ranks. Resulting in over a billion dollars flowing directly back to Canadian families and communities.

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Paul Coleman – Toronto’s Master Barber to NBA Stars

Coming from another country to a big city is a challenge for most people. For the Raptor players many of them had never even been to Canada before. They would have to figuring out not only their new team but everyday life in Toronto as well. Knowing this I was convinced I would soon start seeing our local NBA stars on our hottest barber strip, Eglinton West, for a crash course on Toronto culture.

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Jerome Robinson – A Canadian Basketball Crown Jewel

Like so many of the top ballers in Malton at the time, Jerome’s family came from Jane and Finch in hopes of finding a better place to raise their children. That migration brought together an amazing talent pool of young ballers equipped with the hunger of “the hood” and filled with the passion to become great.

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West Hill C.I. – A Decade of Distinguished Gentlemen

Thank you to all the teachers and administration at West Hill for the commitment to the success of these student athletes. A culture of excellence is not by accident but by design and together we can be proud of the legacy that was created.

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Marco Morales – Summer Goals, Season Results

Marco came to P.H.A.S.E. 1’s training facility in Mesa, Arizona this past summer wanting to put on 20 pounds for the start of his sophomore season at Phoenix Community College in downtown Phoenix.

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Chris Kraus – 1st Men’s Canadian NCAA Basketball Head Coach

Chris could have easily become complacent in his early journey to becoming the 1st Canadian head coach of a men’s NCAA team.

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Denham Brown – Pioneer at a Price, Part 1

A year later after seeing Denham’s picture in the newspaper as a Toronto Star All-Star, wearing the Kobe’s and being guarded by Toronto Raptors Tracy McGrady, Nike Canada unloaded enough product on us to clothe a small community, not to mention the exclusive Air Jordan’s that used to mysteriously appear in my garage for him.

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Keeping My EYE on the Prize!

There were so many things running through my mind; would I go blind? Would I be able to continue to play sports? Was my football career over? I had just come back from an illness that had me home in Canada for period of time and was making my return to football and now this happens.

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Mark Stoddart – Graphic Artist Legend

From an early age he understood that people easily identified with popular logos and symbols used as trademarks. Whether it is an association like the NBA (who’s logo is the silhouette of Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West), or a company like Nike, people identify with a brand on their chest. That symbol essentially becomes a representation of their persona. To him, that was a powerful idea.

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Alice Davis “The Mad Stepper”

It’s that camaraderie that allowed Alice and the rest of the team to spearhead the fundraising initiative to pay for the backboard shattered by Tristan Martin in the 2003 All Canada Classic – Dunk Contest at the Centennial College, Scarborough ON.

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Who’s In Your Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame

As leader of my organization my responsibility is to the history of our thousands of alumni. I do hope many of P.H.A.S.E. 1’s alumni will be included in Basketball Canada’s one day however until then, these stories about our Elite 1’s will hold their place in history.

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Jevohn “J-Shep” Shepherd

Canadian basketball fans will always appreciate Vince Carter as the most popular “Air Canada” anyone knows. But for many of us Canadians on the ball scene, we had an actual Canadian “Air Canada” years before.

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Dane Smith Mr.”We The North”

Though Smith says he was naturally talented at both sports, he remembers watching the older kids on the basketball courts around his neighborhood for months. But he built up the courage and was able to join into the games and eventually hold is own.

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History Is Your Journey

It would do no good to sit around and join in with those complaining about not being recognized or relevant anymore. Those looking at Canada Basketball’s hall of fame and keep getting upset because individuals or organization from their community are not being recognized. Or listen to the media try and convince the world the explosion of Canadian basketball started with the Toronto Raptors and Vince Carter.

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Keith Vassell – Legend Amongst Us – Part 1

It was less than 30 years ago in 1989 when one of Canada’s greatest high school player’s was the only Greater Toronto Area (GTA) representative on the Canadian Jr. National Team headed to Uruguay.

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