Steve Nash Youth Basketball is a national youth basketball initiative designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love for the game of basketball. This grassroots program supports and empowers community-based recreational groups and facilities, schools and other institutions across Canada in an effort to positively influence youth through basketball. The goal of the program is to allow participants the opportunity to maximize their potential, while promoting the importance of youth basketball as a vehicle to build character, discipline and self-esteem.
The model for Steve Nash Youth Basketball was established after extensive research of existing community basketball programs from across North America. It follows the guidelines of Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD). The program is flexible in nature to allow local organizers to adapt the program and implement it in their community while following its principles and philosophies, as well as gaining valuable support and materials to run a successful program.
Introduce, provide opportunities, and encourage participation for children/youth aged 5 - 13 years old across Canada to be a part of Steve Nash Youth Basketball - developing young athletes, creating a passion, and exposing them to the values, qualities, and skills required to succeed in basketball and in life.
Further encourage children and youth with development potential to higher level performance by providing a consistent national development model that speaks to skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are required for participants/athletes to safely progress and achieve maximum development in the sport of basketball.
Allow participants to have the opportunity to maximize their potential, while promoting the importance of youth basketball as a vehicle to build character, discipline, self-esteem, and sportsmanship.