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Our Team
Meet the Lay-Up Team
Dan Hula joined Lay-Up as Executive Director in June 2019. Dan comes to Lay-Up with not only a passion for the sport and power of basketball but also for providing a voice to underserved communities in need. Dan brings with him 10+ years of experience, knowledge, and skills in the non-profit/charitable organization sector. He most recently served as Executive Director of the Chicago based agency Lincoln Park Community Services, a comprehensive social service program aimed at housing and transforming the lives of adults experiencing homelessness. Dan holds a Masters degree in Social Work from DePaul University in Chicago where he and his family originate from. Dan’s favorite part of Lay-Up programming is learning more about each youth participant. Every camper has an incredible personality and story to tell.
Dan Hula
Executive Director
Chris Penrose joined LAY-UP as Program Director in November of 2019. Having worked in roles in the non-profit sector and media for close to 20 years, Chris brings a unique perspective to the ways that creativity and culture intersect with the lived realities in communities across the GTA. System-thinking is at the core of his approach to youth programming, having completed a Masters Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo. Chris understands life through basketball analogies and sees sport as a gateway to positive impact in every area of life. He is also a writer and creative producer working across the creative industries, including founding the CONVENE conversation series and podcast and exhibiting his first photography installation, PORTRAIT OF A STREET, which was a part of Nuit Blanche in 2018 inside of Scarborough Town Centre.
Chris Penrose
Program Director
Marion Mendoza started with Lay-Up as a volunteer coordinator in the summer of 2017. Since then, she was promoted to Community Outreach Manager to lead all marketing, community and registration focused initiatives at Lay-Up. Her favorite part of Lay-Up is watching participants challenge coaches to one on one games – the confidence they have built to challenge a coach and their reactions whenever they make a shot, or better yet, win a game. Marion previously worked in the hospitality & event industries and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila and a Post Graduate Certificate in Event Management from Centennial College.
Marion Mendoza
Community Outreach Manager
Micaella joined Lay-Up as Basketball Operations Manager in February 2019. She brings playing experience at the provincial and national level, as well as in the NCAA at the University of Minnesota where she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. She went on to Kansas State University to complete her Master's in Counseling and Student Development while coaching and assisting in recruiting operations with the Wildcats. Since then, she played professionally overseas and has worked as a National Scout identifying elite talent across Canada.
Micaëlla Riché
Basketball Operations Manager
Matthew Augustine joined Lay-Up in January 2019 as the EAST Program Coordinator. With a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, a Public Relations Certificate from the University of Regina, and a solid basketball playing career (CIA Bounce, University of Regina, UPLAY, Scarborough Blues) Matthew brings a unique twist of passion and understanding to the Lay-up programs. His previous professional experience before Lay-Up was as an intern with the Ontario Basketball Association (Marketing and Communications, Men’s High Performance) for a year. Matthew’s favourite part of Lay-up is building lasting relationships with the participants. He loves to share his basketball playing/training experiences with the campers to help them become better individuals on and off the court.
Matthew Augustine
Head Coach East
Collins Amofah is the West Program Coordinator for LAY-UP and graduated from Humber College with an advanced diploma in sports management in June 2019. Collins also worked as a coach with LAY-UP for 2 years after starting out with an internship. His coaching experience includes St. Benedict Catholic School Intermediate basketball team for 2 years and was an Assistant Coach for Motion Ball Sports in 2017. In addition to coaching, he also played rep basketball for Toronto Five-0 for 5 years.
Collins Amofah
Head Coach West
Mahal De La Durantaye is LAY-UP’s Girls Only Program Coordinator. As an alumni baller for UofT’s Varsity Blues, Scarborough Blues and Toronto Triple Threat, this pure-bred Torontonian has a deep history in her commitment to growing female basketball in the 6ix. Mahal is a strong believer in the power of sport and is determined to create high-quality programming that every young female baller wants to be a part of. She has seven years of coaching basketball clinics/camps, including for the Toronto Raptors. Mahal will graduate in 2020 with a BchASc in Neuroscience & Global Health from the University of Toronto, on her way to getting a Masters in Cognitive Science & becoming a Neurosurgeon. Mahal's goal is to change the game, and to use the game to create change.
Mahal De La Durantaye
Girls Only Program Coordinator