HISTORY IN THE MAKING (Something for Everyone)

UpdatedSaturday June 1, 2019 byErin Young.

For the past 34 years the Kingston Lakers' Basketball Association has operated a basketball program for the youth in Kingston's west end. It started as an O.B.A. Juvenile Girl's and a Special Olympics team coached and managed by Tim and Colin McCue. It was sponsored by the Lake Bus Line of Kingston. It operated like this for the first 8 years, at which time a meeting was held to see if the teams could expand into a league. Lead by Tim McCue, Gerry Stevenson and Tony Raudnask the formation of the Lakers' house league came to fruition. This league was comprised of a mixed junior league, a girls league and a boys league (grades 3-8) that would operate to serve the west end of the city. The league ran two days a week which allowed children to participate in a number of other activities. The league has seen much success and has remained the same until the 2009 season when it expanded to include our basic instructional league for grades one through three.

Our success over the years has been due to the men and women who have donated their time to coach and mentor the children who have gone through our league. As well, our student volunteers have brought a fresh outlook to our league. Over the years we have had many students who help with the various leagues in order to meet the required 40 hours of volunteer work required to graduate high school. Many stay on to record up to 125 hours over their high school career. Some of the students leave Lakers (and High School) entering post secondary education institution. Some have gone to the U.S. on scholarship, some have played CIS basketball and some have played for a variety of colleges.