Podcast – Who Is In Your Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame (Simeon Mars, Hayton Morrison, Nicole Pennie, Harry Baird and Wayne Dawkins)

Who Is In Your Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame? – Simeon Mars, Hayton Morrison, Nicole Pennie and Harry Baird, pioneers who witnessed the rise of basketball in Canada, enlighten Wayne Dawkins on the true origins of elite level basketball North of the U.S. border. Collectively the panel gives their unanimous choices for builders, trailblazers, events and milestones that changed the game at different stages and inspired others to take the game to the levels we see today.

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Canadian Basketball Black History – Stories of the Omitted

Black History triggered my story writing because when it comes around the mainstream channels begin to put the usual handful of stories into circulation. I appreciate the efforts but it always left me wondering who inspired that person to do great things? Was there other trailblazers that prepared the way or do we just know who made the first footprint? What about the underlying stories NOT told of people and events that influenced the great legacies that we hear about today.

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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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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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