Hard Work Pays Off!

Montreal Times - - News -

The mo­ti­va­tion that led to the cre­ation of Sun Youth in 1954 was to al­low dis­ad­van­taged youths re­sid­ing in Mon­treal's St. Louis district (now Plateau Mont-Royal) to play sports.To­day, al­most all the young peo­ple who at­tend the or­ga­ni­za­tion play within one of the or­ga­ni­za­tion's sports teams or at­tend its day camp or bas­ket­ball camp.

This year three of the SunYouth Hor­nets bas­ket­ball teams won Mon­treal Bas­ket­ball League (MBL) cham­pi­onships, prov­ing that hard work re­ally does pay off. Sun Youth's Midget AAA, Mini AAA and Mini AA all earned their wins in 3 hard fought-games. Both AAA team wins were par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant be­cause of the club they beat. Knock­ing off the Park Ex Knights in a fi­nals re­match for the Mi­nis is a huge come­back story. Then there were the Midgets winning for the first time since 2003, end­ing a 15 year drought. For sev­eral years now, Park Ex has been at the top of Mon­treal's am­a­teur bas­ket­ball scene winning at ev­ery level. That came to end thanks to the per­se­ver­ance of the Midget & Mini AAA teams, who knocked off the reign­ing champs. The midget team won thanks to the per­for­mances of three play­ers in par­tic­u­lar, Malakai Whit­taker, Ja­heem An­toine and Michael Mukuna who scored a com­bined 72 points with Malakai scor­ing a game high 34 points to beat Park Ex (84-78).The re­turn of Sun Youth bas­ket­ball pro­gram to promi­nence came dur­ing a par­tic­u­larly tough time for the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Half­way through the sea­son, Sun Youth’s gym roof be­gan to leak ren­der­ing the gym un­us­able for home games, play­ing the re­main­der of the sea­son on the road. Mini AA beat the LaSalle Boys and Girls Club (3833), a solid base for the AAA teams go­ing for­ward.

The Fi­nals were a won­der­ful way to end the fall/win­ter sea­son for the Hor­nets, now starts the prepa­ra­tion for their sum­mer sea­son.The kids will be given the chance to show­case their tal­ents to NCAA Di­vi­sion I coaches in tour­na­ments across the United States and Canada. Sun Youth wishes to thank the many vol­un­teers, coaches and sup­port staff, for their out­stand­ing com­mit­ment to the youth and con­grat­u­lates the ath­letes for their well-de­served vic­to­ries in the Fi­nals!

Photo: Joseph Munro

# 4 Michael Mukuna scor­ing a layup bas­ket in the 4th quar­ter to win the championship.

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