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COMING SOON TO A COURT NEAR YOU!

The Toronto Raptors Basketball Club and Bell Canada would like to congratulate all those who participated in the Bell Raptorball Youth League Program for the 1997/98 season. This season was a tremendous success, with 5000 kids and 880 volunteers in 49 different cities or towns participating in our Bell Raptorball Youth League Program.

Leagues began play in the fall and ran until May. The kids received basketball experience and life skills instruction from trained coaches. With the help of 64 different league coordinators the Bell Raptorball Youth League Program reached 120 different gyms in Ontario.

What is Bell Raptorball?
Bell Raptorball program is a grassroots basketball initiative that brings the Toronto Raptors and Bell Canada together in partnership with community organizations across Southern Ontario in their efforts to positively influence youth. Children between the ages of seven and 13 learn basketball skills in a positive and non-competitive environment.

Each participant received:
- A Bell Raptorball T-shirt
- Basketball Ontario Affiliation
- An invitation to a private practice of the Toronto Raptors
- Posters, Fair Play Awards, Certificates and so much more.

Each league received:
- An invitation to attend Two Coaching Clinics.
- Plus, 14 on-site coaching clinics were provided to leagues.
- Our Two major coaching clinics were hosted by Leo Rautins and over 760 coaches attended a total of 16 clinics that occurred throughout the season.


Each site also received:
- Size 5 and Size 7 Spalding Bell Raptorball Basketballs.
- Coaches' Whistles and Manuals.
- Insurance Coverage for each league if necessary.
- The use of an extensive life skills menu to teach children valuable lessons that will benefit their lives both on and off the court.
- An invitation to compete against any one of the sites that are part of the Bell Raptorball house league (inter-league play).
- Bell Raptorball coaches shirts.
- An invitation to attend anyone of our Raptors home games with a special Bell Raptorball group rate.

Leo Rautins at the Private Practice.

BELL RAPTORBALL PRIVATE PRACTICE

A total of 9,267 excited fans came to our first-ever Bell Raptorball Private Practice over the March Break. Our team was very excited to see such a fabulous crowd. Tracy McGrady did his best to entertain the young children with spectacular dunks.

Leo Rautins and The Raptor hosted the amazing event. We began the day by announcing the 20 participants and 5 coaches that won our 1997-98 Fair Play Award.

The Raptor and over 30 Bell Raptorball volunteers played fun on-court games with children from our Bell Raptorball youth leagues.

See you next year at the Second Annual Bell Raptorball Youth League Private Practice.


HOW CAN I JOIN? WHERE CAN I FIND THE NEAREST BELL RAPTORBALL LEAGUE?
You can call 1-800-260-8666 to get information on Bell Raptorball Youth Leagues and their location.

CAN I COACH, VOLUNTEER OR HELP BRING BELL RAPTORBALL TO MY COMMUNITY?
If you are interested in coaching, volunteering or helping to bring Bell Raptorball Youth Leagues to your community call Vince Bozzo of the Toronto Raptors at (416)216-1935.

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