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Basketball is physical activity. Basketball is mental health.  Basketball is belonging.  Basketball is skill development. Basketball is freedom.


This is what basketball means to Michael, who shared his experience at Lay-Up alongside his mother, Michelle, and Lay-Up coaches in the documentary "I Want to Say It Was Worth It."

Lay-Up is a space where barriers to access are removed so kids can access community-based, high-quality basketball programs in supportive and empowering environments.


Your donation this Holiday Season will support Lay-Up in reaching hundreds of kids across Toronto this winter, giving them the opportunity to play and be active, have fun connecting with peers and caring coaches, and explore what basketball is to them!

Baskeball Is...

Children and youth’s wellbeing have been profoundly affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Lay-Up’s programs support participants’ positive physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and help them develop the skills needed to set the foundation for future success:

Physical Activity 

93% of participants report increased physical activity.

Mental & Emotional Wellbeing


91% of participants are happier and have more energy.

Social Connection

82% of participants reported improved relationships with parents, siblings, teachers and friends.



92% of participants feel more confident in taking on new challenges.



94% of participants improved their ability to work with others in a team.



79% of participants improved their ability to problem solve. 

Join our team of supporters today to empower youth through the sport and culture of basketball!
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Heini Davies, Director of Development at

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Lay-Up Youth Basketball

130 Queens Quay East, Unit 501

Toronto, ON M5A 0P6

p: 647-725-9766 | e: basketball[at]

#BN 77709 6124 RR0001

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