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ORLÉANS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 6 and 7 and from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 in the Centrum Blvd. Festival Plaza. Presented by Orléans Festivals and the Heart of Orléans BIA featuring craft beer from 29 different craft brewers. Food vendors will include Orléans own Meatings BBQ. Live music all three days. For more information visit www.orleansfestivals.ca.


THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ presented by the Ottawa School of Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. This is an all ages production. Showtimes June 7 at 7 p.m. and June 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets $17.50 for adults and $12.50 for children and students. For more information visit https://ost-eto.ca/.


ORLÉANS OUTDOOR MARKET from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in the Ray Frield Centre parking lot on Tenth Line Road. Come meet local vendors and artians from across the east end.


SHEKNMAN ARTS CENTRE 10TH ANNIVERSARY BLOCK PARTY from
4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Centrum Blvd. Food trucks, music, live perfomances, dancing and hands on activities for the whole family.


CARIVIBE BLOCK PARTY from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Orléans Festival Plaza on Centrum Blvd. featuring an All-Star International D.J. Lineup, Caribbean food, dancers and the Kids Carnival Village. Visit the Latin Street Party stage and enjoy Bachata, Kizomba, Salsa Romantica and Latin Dance Workshops, brought to you by A.S.A Dance Production. Advance tickets $15.00. Kids 12 and under FREE. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.ticketgateway.com.

 

Orléans hoop fans firmly in the grip of Raptors fever

By Walter Robinson
June 13, 2019

If you haven’t caught Toronto Raptors fever in their first ever trip to the NBA finals I am half tempted to ask what is wrong you with as the series reaches a conclusion in one of the next two games?

In full transparaency, I grew up in Toronto and played for a provincially ranked, elite high school basketball program and also played for two seasons here at Carleton University some 30 plus years ago so I am a tad biased. For this scribe, #WeTheNorth is real.

One in three Canadians, so far, has watched some or meaningful portions of the Raptors games on TV versus the mighty Golden State Warriors.

It can be argued that only basketball and professional soccer (or football as the purists call the beautiful game) are the true two global sports played and revered all over the world. And with all due respect to hockey, contact football, baseball, cricket, volleyball or tennis, they just don’t have this global reach or acceptance.

The NBA finals is being broadcast to over 215 countries and territories in 50 languages on TV, radio, computers, tablets and mobile devices. Fourteen television and radio networks from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Latin America, Poland, Spain and Taiwan are broadcasting live on site. And six international television networks – from Australia, Estonia, Hong Kong and New Zealand – will present the NBA Finals remotely for the first time. Oh and the pre-series media day attracted over 1,000 journalists from every corner of the earth.

What makes basketball (and soccer) so attractive is their simplicity and accessibility to all strata of society. For both sports all you need are a ball and shoes and a pitch or court respectively.

Although some will tell me about many poor kids barefoot in far flung places around our planet still playing soccer, so point is taken. This is much different than hockey, football or baseball which require much more equipment and for many families (mine was one of them), the costs to even participate in house league and recreational play was simply too much.

Back to the NBA Over 25% of its players were born outside of the U.S. and Canadians from Leo Rautins to Steve Nash (a former league MVP) to Andrew Wiggins and soon R.J. Barrett (predicted to go 2nd is this year’s college draft) have made their mark.

Of course, it deserves mention that the game was invented by Almonte native James Naismith in late 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts and that the first NBA game, according to the league, was actually played in Toronto on November 1, 1946 in front of over 7,000 fans between the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knickerbockers.

Basketball also has a great footprint here in Ottawa and Orléans. Over 15 years ago, I had the pleasure of running the Gloucester Cumberland Basketball Association (GCBA) Tykes program for a few years and the GCBA also has a range of programs and league play for kids of all ages not to mention their Select and Wolverines offerings for greater player development and elite club play experiences that can take kids across the province.

Our local public and Catholic high schools have been blessed with passionate teachers/coaches who have produced competitive and OFSAA-level champions over the years with female and male players going on to compete and thrive in top-tier Canadian and American university programs while getting a post-secondary education.

Then there are the great summer camp options for aspiring ballers including the Rautins-House Basketball School and Above the Rim Basketball School. The gem in our community has to be the Capital Courts Academy in the Taylor Creek business park, founded and run by former Lester B. Pearson high school standout Merrick Palmer who also starred at St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia and played pro in South Africa.

Suffice it to say, Orléans punches above its weight compared to other communities across Canada when it comes to giving the game future generations of players and stars.

Finally, basketball will continue to grow in our backyard. If you doubt me, take a drive for half a day in various neighbourhoods, every street is adorned with garage-mounted or stand-alone basketball hoops with more going up each year. As well, each new housing development from Chapel Hill South to Bradley Estates to Avalon, Cardinal Creek, Chaperal, Navan and beyond is designed with outdoor basketball courts as a default, not an option, for local recreation.

Or just slow down when driving by any middle school or high school in our community to see the kids sport NCAA and NBA basketball adorned backpack, snapback hats, replica jerseys, t-shirts and hoodies. Oh and one more thing – GO RAPTORS GO!

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WALTER ROBINSON: Summertime in Orléans offers plenty to see and do

 

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