Ultimate Pick-up Basketball was founded in 2013 to fill the void created by the closure of local recreational centers and the rise of adult-driven athletic programs.
UP takes as its PURPOSE the facilitation of informal basketball events for young athletes from various neighbourhoods leading to personal- and community-growth. Our GOAL is to give kids ‘opportunity through sport’ based on tutoring & mentorship resulting in academic & career achievement.
UP gets its inspiration from the volunteer coaches/mentors who helped grow the game in Nova Scotia in positive ways, bringing kids and communities together, including the late great Terry Symonds and Frank ("Mr. Basketball") Baldwin.
UP Basketball is a not-for-profit initiative (CRA Charitable status pending).
Players get a kool UP t-ee, mid-run snack, and a short talk at intermission from a local community leader (e.g., Lindell Smith, Halifax City councilor, and Jacob Deng, “lost boy” turned South Sudan nation builder; and Joey Haywood, semi-pro baller and street ball legend).
Players pay a nominal fee ($5-$20) per session. Space is limited and demand is high. Players must pre-register for games. Click here to register.