Calgary Basketball Classic Founding Partners

In December 2005, Ken Larson, the President of Basketball Alberta, and Dwayne Sheehan, the Executive Director of the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association and President of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association, flew to Vancouver B.C. as guests of the 2005 HSBC Basketball Classic. The sixth annual lower mainland event was a tremendous success and the ride back to the airport was where the initial agreement was made to join forces to put on a similar tournament in the City of Calgary. It wasn't long after that the Calgary Booster Club became involved as the facilitators of the scholarship process.

The inaugural Calgary tournament was held in December of 2006 and through its six years of history, $200,000 in scholarship assistance has been awarded to deserving young citizens of our Calgary high schools.

Founding Partners

Basketball Alberta

Basketball Alberta is a not-for-profit provincial sport organization responsible for the development and promotion of Amateur Basketball in Alberta. Basketball Alberta has fostered the growth of basketball programming in the Province of Alberta for more than 30 years and is thrilled to be involved as a Founding Partner of the HSBC Basketball Classic.

Our Vision: "To be premier facilitators of participation, development and excellence in basketball.

Our Mission To champion the sport of basketball as a Game for Life by inspiring unity, facilitating development and delivering superior value."

Basketball in Alberta - A Game for Life

Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association

The CSHSAA was established in 1913 to provide competitive athletic opportunities for students in Calgary high schools. The Association believes that the interscholastic athletic program, as a recognized part of the school program, is educationally sound and will enhance the physical, mental, emotional and social development of young people.

The Association is unique in many ways, but is recognized nationally for its belief that the amalgamation of Calgary's two educational systems into one common athletic association is in the best interests of the residents of Calgary. As such, the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Separate School District have worked harmoniously together for decades.

Currently, 31 member high schools contribute to the success of the Association. The CSHSAA currently has nearly 10,000 student athletes participating in twelve sports including football, cross country, soccer, volleyball, diving, wrestling, basketball, swimming, rugby, track and field, badminton and field hockey.

Calgary Booster Club

The Calgary Booster Club began in 1952 and is comprised of devoted Directors who are sports enthusiasts and are dedicated to the Development, Encouragement and Recognition of Athletic Endeavors in the Calgary area. This volunteer organization has been involved in a wide variety of sport activities throughout the years; as a result, thousands of Calgarians have enjoyed the benefits of the Club's assistance in training, competition and recognition programs. To date over 1.7 million dollars has been contributed to the Calgary Sports Legacy by the Calgary Booster Club. We are also very proud of our involvement in bringing the 1988 Winter Olympics to Calgary.

Our Inspiration

Howard Kelsey, former Canadian Men's National Team Member and two-time Olympian, was the visionary and co-founder of the HSBC Classic in Vancouver in 2000. Brothers Doug, CEO of Vancouver's Sky Train and Westcoast Express and former basketball standout, and Howard Kelsey formed the Metro Vancouver Basketball Foundation (MVBF). Together as Co-Chairmen, they assembled a Board of Directors to rally around the project. On the Board are several Basketball Canada / BC legends of the hard court including former national greats such as Misty Thomas, Lars Hansen and Ron Putzi.

Approximately $950,000 in scholarships has been donated to graduating high school students to date and now approximately $100,000 in scholarships is donated annually. The MVBF has generated over $1,000,000 for basketball in British Columbia since their inception. .

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