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Chris Penrose

Executive Director

Chris Penrose is the Executive Director of Lay-Up and has been a part of the team since November 2019. Having worked in roles in the non-profit sector and creative industries for close to 20 years, Chris brings a unique perspective on the ways that creativity and culture intersect with the lived realities in communities across the GTA, and how basketball can tie all of that together. 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 the Culture of Basketball as the unifying force behind all of Lay-Up’s programs and priorities.