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KW YBA Congratulates Jamal Murray on Pan-Am Silver Medal

Jamal Murray, a Kitchener native and member of Canada's National Senior Mens Basketball team, took home a Silver Medal at the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto.

Jamal began his basketball career with KW YBA's House League. He also player for our Viper teams for several years at the beginning of his illustrious career. He is now headed to the University of Kentucky and, eventually, the NBA.



Murphy Burnatowski



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Former Viper Signs to Play in Poland

Murphy Burnatowski, a former KW Viper, has just joined the list of Vipers who have become professional basketball players. Murphy previously signed to play for Slask, a club in Wroclaw, Poland. They play in Poland's Division 1.

Murphy was recently named Colgate University (D1 in New York state) Athlete of the Year and had 4 good workouts with the Toronto Raptors.
He has also been a member of Canada's National teams including the Senior Men.

Murphy has since signed to play for Starwings Basketball in Sitzerland where he starts as Small Forward.



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KW YBA Joins in Mourning an Esteemed Opponent

It is with deep sadness that we join in mourning the sudden passing of Jacob Ranton on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the age of 20.

Jacob touched many lives including his wonderful friends and teammates in Waterloo as well as his second family at Memorial University. His involvement in many sports, student leadership and volunteering allowed him to positively influence, make a difference and find a place in everyone’s heart. You are incredibly loved and will be greatly missed, our “Gentle Giant”.

Jacob played his High School basketball at WCI and finished as a WCSSAA All-Star. He spent his entire Club career with the Waterloo Wildhawks winning a number of Ontario Cup Gold Medals.

               


VIPERS LOSE SPECIAL U13 PLAYER

Jay Kumar looses battle with a Brain Tumour

 

It is with a very heavy heart that we must bid farewell to a very special boy and KW Viper Bantam basketball player.


Jayant (Jay) Kumar passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014 after a very brief struggle with a very aggressive, rare brain tumour known as DIPG. He was 13.


As a member of the KW Vipers throughout his short career (Novice - Bantam), he was the team's leader and top player. In the spring/summer of 2013, he was part of the OBA's T.I.D.P. for the Tri-County region and was selected to represent us as one of the top 10 players in the area.


His uncle writes ... "With a very heavy heart we must bid farewell to a very special boy. With his infectious smile and contagious laugh he brought so much joy to everyone he met. A perfect son, a precious grandson, an awesome brother, an amazing nephew, an incredible cousin, a loyal friend, a beautiful person, never could we have asked for any more. Always to be loved and never to be forgotten, we pray you are in a better place now. You will be in our hearts forever and we know you will watch over us. Until we meet again......"


He will be truly missed.

 

Donations can be made to BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION OF CANADA

 

KW Vipers will be honouring Jay in our future. The team will be hosting a Memorial 3 on 3 tournament on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Huron Heights SS. More info on this will be available soon.

KW YBA and Spalding Canada Become Partners

 

The KW Youth Basketball Association has entered into a 3 year partnership with Spalding Canada through their online registration partner SportSavvy. This partnership will benefit all parties and allow the YBA to continue to develop their programs while keeping participation fees as low as possible. As the OBA Club-of-the-Year for 2012, the YBA is striving to maintain this status.

For further information and reaction to this partnership, please click here.

    

 

NBA Shooting Coach to give clinics in Kitchener/Waterloo

 

Ontario Basketball Association is proud to announce that they are teaming with NBA shooting coach Dave Love to offer shooting clinics for young area basketball players. 

 

Coach Love is the shooting coach for the Orlando Magic and has worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns in the NBA.  In addition, he was a CIS shooting coach for 9 seasons.  Coach Love has worked with several NBA players including Magic players Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, Canadians Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett, and Louis Amundson.

 

In these clinics players will learn what each part of their body should be doing, but also why they should be doing it.  They will learn how positive power affects their shot and some drills that Coach Love does with NBA players to develop solid mechanics.  This clinic is for all basketball players ages 11 and older, boys and girls.

 

Space is limited.  Sign up today.

 

If you are a coach that would like to volunteer to help at the clinic please contact Coach Love at dave.love@theloveofthegame.com

 

City: Kitchener, ON
Date: Sat, Oct 17th, 2015
Location: Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute
Ages 11+
Cost: $49.95
10am-1:00pm REGISTER
2pm-5:00pm REGISTER

KW YBA takes part in Kitchener's KidsPark fun - August 16, 2015


KW YBA Congratulates Jamal Murray on Pan-Am Silver Medal

Jamal Murray, a Kitchener native and member of Canada's National Senior Mens Basketball team, took home a Silver Medal at the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto.

Jamal began his basketball career with KW YBA's House League. He also player for our Viper teams for several years at the beginning of his illustrious career. He is now headed to the University of Kentucky and, eventually, the NBA.