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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
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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
East Program Coordinator
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
West Program Coordinator
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