The 2016 version of the Pinky Lewis Invitational, hosted by McMaster and North Pole Hoops, will feature 16 high calibre Canadian basketball programs, and some of the best talent in the country.
The Pinky Lewis has been a staple in the Ontario high school basketball season for almost 40 years, dating back to 1979. It originated as a four-team university tournament, but eventually transitioned to a high school tournament under the guidance of Joe Raso, currently the Head Scout for the Canadian National Team.
Norman “Pinky” Lewis, who the tournament is named after, was a beloved and respected sports administrator and athlete in Hamilton who was best known for his involvement with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the McMaster Marauders. The Pinky Lewis Recreational Centre in Hamilton continues his legacy in serving the community.
The following quote from Lewis reminds us what this game is ultimately about–a tool to be used to positively impact lives.
“The winning doesn’t matter much, but if we can teach the kids how to win and lose gracefully, how to be good sportsmen, and if we start them along the road to good citizenship, I, for one, will feel satisfied and happy.” – Norman “Pinky” Lewis
With the evolution of Canadian basketball, this year’s tournament will feature a combination of prep and traditional high school programs.
The tournament takes place from November 18-20th at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The Hammer brings a diverse basketball community, with strong history and culture. As always, you can expect excitement from the fans when they come out to see some of the best talent Canada has to offer.
The Pinky Lewis is one of the most storied basketball tournaments in a long history of high-level basketball in Hamilton, and looks to maintain its position at the forefront by welcoming the addition of Prep programs across Ontario. The tournament will invite both Prep programs and high-level High School teams to compete, ensuring the exciting basketball Hamilton fans have come to expect at the Pinky Lewis.
Stay tuned as the 2016 Pinky Lewis invitational teams are announced. #GameSpeaks