Ultimate Pick-up Basketball was founded in 2013 to fill the void created by the closure of many local recreational centres and to promote informal basketball for young athletes from various neighbourhoods playing together. 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. 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.