Basketball is a sport that has become infamous for amazing athletes, star-studded lineups and of course the infamous LeBron vs Jordan debate. James Naismith is responsible for all of this, and it all started with a gym teacher that was looking for a less injury prone sport than football to promote in his Springfield, Massachusetts school. He simply set up two nets made of peach baskets and created 13 rules that have morphed into what basketball has become today. Today, basketball has truly won the world over, and no matter where you look, you can see kids setting up hoops, and practising their crossover. Basketball is a staple sport here in North America, and here in Canada, the sport has taken off due to the success of the Raptors and U Sports athletes abroad.
A sport is born
Basketball in Canada was quick to pick up, and thanks to the YMCA and the Canadian Army, the sport took off in many metropolitan neighbourhoods in the early 20th century. With as many as 50 teams starting across the country, there began to talk of a national championship like that of the NHL and CFL for Canada. The Canadian Amateur Basketball Association was placed in charge of men’s and woman’s national championships and national team selection, and this group of hard working men was the predecessors to present day Basketball Canada. Local semi-pro teams continued to battle for supremacy onto the 1940’s when professionals first came to Canada. Although professional basketball first tipped off in the predecessor of the NBA in 1946 in Toronto, it took another two decades for universities to compete. The first Men’s National Championship was won by Assumption in Windsor in 1963, since then the W.P. McGee Trophy has been handed out every year by U sports to the top university team in the nation. The first Woman’s national championship was handed out in 1972, and the Bronze Baby Trophy has been handed out every year since.
U Sports Era
U Sports have given the Canadian people one of the most exciting collegiate tournaments on the planet, and that is the Final 8. With the host, and seven other teams battling it out to crown a U Sports National Champion. The crowds are great, the host venue is top notch, and the basketball is even better. We here at Atleta are excited at the possibilities that we will be giving our student-athletes to compete at the next level. U Sports is an important part of our heritage, and their commitment to providing student-athletes with a stage, and a classroom to perform has been the cornerstone of sport in this country. Atleta will give you that chance to shine, and no matter if you are playing in the Female Final 8 or Male Final 8, the ability to ball at the highest level in Canada cannot be understated. Join us today, and live out your dream at the collegiate level.