With kids and youth from KidSport and Special Olympics Ontario getting ready to play some hoops, Raptors star Jonas Valanciunas dropped by to kick off the event in style. After some initial group shots (done with more enthusiasm than I’ve seen at many other events), it was time to hit the courts for some ball-handling and dribbling drills. Yes, we could even see Jonas blocking some of the lay-ups (or trying to). Soon the close-to-one-hour practice came to an end and Jonas had to leave – but not before signing jerseys, hats and posters.
A big thank-you to Jonas Valanciunas for coming out to get the tournament going – and to Nav Bhatia from Mississauga Hyundai Superstore for sponsoring Jonas’ appearance.