We exist to harness the power of the sport and culture of basketball to develop the skills and confidence children and youth need to navigate their future.
All children and youth in Toronto have the opportunity to be equipped for success through a fun, inclusive, high-quality approach to basketball.
Our programs are for children and youth (6-14) living in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, as well as communities included in Toronto’s former Priority Neighbourhood designation.
We take a place-based approach to outreach, and we work closely with local schools, community centres and community organizations in our application process.
Lay-Up brings the entire culture of basketball into our programming. The game of basketball is the foundation, but the culture of basketball is intertwined with fashion, art, music, film, photography, social justice, technology and entrepreneurship.
While children and youth come to Lay-Up because they love the game of basketball, they also come with passion and potential in all of these areas. The culture of basketball allows us to merge opportunities to develop new skills and discover hidden talents in a program that is always anchored by the game.
Lay-Up is an evidence-based program that combines research and best-practices from four primary frameworks into our program design and outcomes: positive youth development, long-term athlete development, a place-based approach and future of work skills. Our programming is also informed by research on equity, inclusivity and meaningful participation for girls in sport.
“65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist.”
- World Economic Forum, The Future of Work Report