Okanagan Nation Alliance: Hundreds of First Nations Youth Head to Kelowna to Compete at the 2017 Junior All Native Basketball Tournament
From March 19-24 2017 Syilx Basketball, the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) and Westbank First Nation (WFN) will welcome over 700 athletes to Okanagan Nation territory for the annual, provincial, Junior All Native Basketball Tournament (JANT).
This is the largest First Nations youth sporting event in BC. Alongside the current tournament, JANT is will also be hosting a 13 & Under All Native Basketball Tournament.
“Young First Nations athletes from across BC are striving to represent their Nation through the sport of basketball and are coming to Kelowna to compete. We are honored to host the many athletes and teams and we look forward to the week of competition” stated Syilx basketball Coach Peter Waardenburg. Youth come together to learn sportsmanship, hard work, and have a sense of accomplishment.
The Tournament in Numbers:
► 5 days of games
► 12 hours a day
► 5 gymnasiums
► 61 teams
► 200 + coaches and managers
► 700+ youth
► 1000 spectators daily
► 100 + First Nations groups represented
The opening ceremony will include an opening from Westbank First Nation (WFN) Chief Roxanne Lindley, a Grand Entry ceremony, alongside presentations from Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, City of Kelowna Deputy Mayor Mohini Singh, Richard Jock (First Nations Health Authority) and many more.
WHEN: March 19, 2017, 6pm.
WHERE: Kelowna Secondary School. 1079 Raymer Ave, Kelowna, BC
The 2017 Junior All Native Basketball Tournament is being co-hosted by Syilx Basketball, ONA, and WFN, in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority.
For more information please contact:
Tara Montgomery, JANT 2017 Tournament Coordinator