The Founder of Ultimate Pickup Basketball is David Napier, an experienced player and coach, who played varsity university basketball in Canada and England. He holds Canada Basketball coaching certification, is a past-President of Martyrs (Hurricanes) Basketball Club, current President & Chairman of Basketball Nova Scotia. He is a professional writer & strategic communications advisor. Dave & his wife have two sons.
The Lead Facilitator of UP Basketball is Devon Norris, a former member of the Halifax Rainmen pro team who starred at Dalhousie University. Dev has been an Assistant Coach with the Mount Saint Vincent University men’s team, and the Auburn Drive High School girls’ team. He is a strength and conditioning expert who works as a police officer with the Halifax Regional Police.
UP Basketball engages “Hoopsters” as Youth Facilitators for its events. These local high school & university student/athletes assist with the running of safe, fun UP games. In exchange for their service, Hoopsters become candidates for Mentorship support through the “UP Next” project, which connects young men & women of high character with Community Champions who offer academic & career support.