Maxwell Daviau - Executive Director
Max Daviau founded Lay-Up in September of 2013 with the goal of providing all kids in Toronto with access to high quality basketball programming. Over the last five years, he has guided Lay-Up from a basketball focus, to one that prioritizes participants’ personal development and off-the- court enrichment above all else. Under his leadership, Lay-Up has grown to provide programming to over 500 youth annually. One of Max’s favorite parts of Lay-Up is welcoming new kids into the program and giving them their Lay-Up jersey; a symbol that they are part of their first team! Prior to Lay-Up, Max worked at Madison Square Garden where he led premium pricing for the New York Knicks and Rangers. Max has an MBA from George Washington University and BCOM degree from McGill University.
Curtis Baanee - Program Coordinator
Curtis Baanee has been a Program Coordinator at Lay-Up since January 2018. With a background playing collegiate basketball, Curtis has a strong understanding of how to deliver high quality basketball curriculums. Despite his basketball background, Curtis’ true passion is working with youth and developing leaders of tomorrow. He is proud to be a part of an organization that provides off-the-court support but his favorite part of Lay-Up is seeing youth have an equal opportunity to participate in the sport he loves. Curtis previously worked for MicroSkills where he had a similar role assisting youth with academics, nutrition and physical literacy. Curtis has a diploma in Recreation and Leisure from Seneca College, and a Diploma in Marketing from George Brown College.
Marion Mendoza - Outreach Coordinator
Marion Mendoza started with Lay-Up as a volunteer coordinator in the summer of 2017. In January 2018, she was promoted to outreach coordinator 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.