Basketball boom in Kingston, Ont.: Local heroes inspire others to shoot for the hoops – Kingston


Basketball in Kingston is experiencing an electrifying surge, marked by a series of remarkable achievements by local talents that’s fuelling excitement and inspiration throughout the community.
Last month, the Queen’s Gaels secured the OUA championship in thrilling fashion, courtesy of a buzzer-beater three-pointer by Kingston native Cole Syllas.Adding to the excitement, both Cole and his brother Luka were drafted into the Canadian Elite Basketball League, further solidifying Kingston’s reputation as a basketball hub.Meanwhile, Aaliyah Edwards, the highly acclaimed UConn Huskies forward, continues to make waves. Recently drafted sixth overall by the Washington Mystics in the WNBA, Edwards has become the highest-ever Canadian selection in the draft’s history.Edwards has emerged as a leading figure in women’s basketball, serving as the face of Adidas’s new marketing campaign and underscoring her significant impact on the sport’s landscape. Story continues below advertisement

The ripple effects of these achievements are evident within Kingston’s basketball community. Jason Reynolds, president of the Kingston Impact Basketball Club, has seen a notable increase in girls’ involvement in the sport.

2:01
Queen’s Grad club weathering financial storm

Trending Now

Gas prices surge in some parts of Canada. What’s causing pain at the pumps?

Did cloud seeding cause Dubai flooding? What to know about the science

“We’re seeing more girls enter into the sport at the younger ages, which is fantastic for us,” Reynolds said, highlighting the positive influence of local success stories.

Breaking news from Canada and around the world
sent to your email, as it happens.

Kingston Impact, the basketball program where Edwards honed her skills, has witnessed unprecedented growth in girls’ registrations. Over the past two years, enrolment has surged by as much as 50 per cent, which Reynolds attributes to heightened exposure to the women’s game and the inspiration drawn from local success stories.“I think Aaliyah being part of it makes it even more exciting,” Reynolds said. “We’re really proud of her coming through our program, playing at UConn and getting to the WNBA… It’s almost one in a million for someone from our region to do that.” Story continues below advertisement

Aaliyah Edwards has also been actively involved in nurturing the next generation of basketball talent. Last summer, she organized a free camp for local players and intends to continue such initiatives during her WNBA offseason, further fostering basketball development in Kingston. 

&copy 2024 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Share this
Tags

Must-read

N.W.T. leaders worry wildfires, low water will mean even longer delay for much-needed housing units

Seniors in five N.W.T. communities expecting to move into new homes earlier this spring will now have to wait until at least summer, because of wildfires...

PC candidate says comments on recruiting doctors from India and Pakistan weren’t meant to be derogatory

Lin Paddock, the Progressive Conservative candidate in the upcoming Baie Verte-Green Bay byelection, said Tuesday that comments he made about recruiting doctors in India...

Repairs near completion at Rissers Beach Provincial Park after storm damage

Eight months after post-tropical storm Lee tore through Rissers Beach Provincial Park on Nova Scotia's South Shore, repairs are moving into the final stages.  Rissers...

Recent articles

More like this

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here