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Oct. 30, 2023
Brand-new basketball courts are being installed in Indigenous communities in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island thanks to an initiative called Court Projects.
Basketball is becoming increasingly popular in Canada. It’s now the most played team sport among youth aged 13 to 18 in the country, and the most popular sport among Indigenous youth in B.C., Dylan Kular, team president of the Vancouver Bandits said.
The program is a collaboration between B.C.’s Canadian Elite Basketball League team, the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I-SPARC) and several local partners.
The four outdoor courts completed or under construction are in Shxwhá:y Village and Soowahlie First Nation in Chilliwack, Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo and Sumas First Nation in Abbotsford.
“Basketball, hockey, soccer and baseball are the main sports within Soowahlie. Basketball has been on the back burner because of not having a court, but now having the court is going to bring it to our community in a greater way,” said Chief Brenda Wallace in a statement.