From July 21 to 22, Brampton councillor Gurpreet Dhillon will be hosting a free clinic at Mount Pleasant Community Centre with Dallas Mavericks Center Satnam Singh Bhamara.
At 7 feet 2 inches, Bhamara is the first player from India to be drafted into the NBA.
Bhamara is the protagonist in the Netflix documentary One in a Billion, which chronicles the journey from his home of Ballo Ke, a farming village in rural India, to the NBA. That film will be aired for camp participants at the Rose Theatre.
Dhillon hopes Bhamara’s hard work and determination will serve as an example for them to emulate and understand that adversity can be overcome with perseverance and hard work.
It’s something Dhillon says he’s followed for much of his life.
Dhillon credits sport for instilling in him a sense of community and a desire to give back.
For two hours each week councillor Dhillon spends time mentoring Brampton youth and build bridges in the community.
He talks about how sport has the power to unite people and how it speaks to youth in a language they understand.
Basketball can be a great tool in integrating Sikh youth with others in one of Canada’s largest and most diverse urban centres.
It cuts across cultural, religious and racial differences took a back seat.
More kids need to get outside and play sports of any kind. Basketball has a universal appeal and is a sport that kids from all backgrounds can enjoy. -CINEWS