Drake is doing his part to make sure Canadian basketball takes the next step globally. The Toronto Raptors Global Ambassador, his OVO record label, and the Raptors organization just donated millions to the local community hoops scene.

Over the next five years, the Raptors and OVO will donate $2 million directly to Canada Basketball, helping finance the country’s national program and development of the game at the grassroots level.

Also over the next three years, $1 million will be donated to refurbish four community basketball courts.
“For the last 4 years the Toronto Raptors and Drake have partnered to bring a new flavour to basketball. This year we’re expanding our partnership, bringing in MLSE LaunchPad and the Remix Project, local community leaders, to help encourage the next generation towards a future of arts, community, and ball.

The Raptors and OVO have pledged $1 million over the next three years to refurbish and refresh local community basketball courts. For each of the next three years, four local community courts will be selected for a capital investment with the first four courts announced later this month.

Over the past four years, the Raptors’ relationship with Drake has always ultimately been about celebrating this city and the people that make it unique,” said Raptors president Masai Ujiri in via a press release.

“We have something very special happening in Toronto and Drake is a big part of that. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to continue working together to inspire and support young people, to showcase this great city around the world and to grow the game of basketball.”
The Raptors will wear new OVO-inspired black-and-gold alternate jerseys at select home games, and play on a black-and-gold court.


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