Sim Bhullar made history by being the first Indian-origin person drafted by the NBA when he joined the Sacramento Kings in 2014.
This week Toronto-born Bhullar was honoured by his hometown of Humber Summit, in the city’s west end.
Spearheaded by the Emery Village Business Improvement Association (BIA), the unveiling was part of a celebration to mark the completion of a revitalization project in Humber Summit.
His sister Avneet is quoted in a media report as saying her brother has not forgotten his hometown and many are unaware he had a connection to Humber Summit.
His NBA connection is on full display at the family business, a gas station on Islington Avenue.
Sometimes when he comes home to visit, he can be found helping his family at the gas station.
Meanwhile, Bhullar’s hometown has been on a drive to beautify and revitalize the area, to encourage existing business and residents to remain there and to inspire new ones to consider the location.
Residents and businesses in the area are hoping that the attention Sim Bhullar is bringing to the neighborhood will attract more visitors and customers. Meanwhile major plans are afoot to re-vitalize and beautify the neighborhood. Sim Bhullar meanwhile is playing an important role off the court in his neighborhood. -CINEWS