Mckenzie Sigurdson – Journey to the Air Canada Centre

Occasionally a child enters your life and their spirit and energy moves you to want to go above and beyond to make things happen for them. That’s how I would describe the impact Mckenzie Sigurdson had on my life and P.H.A.S.E. 1 as an organization. Her love for basketball was purely her love for the…

Mark Stoddart – Graphic Artist Legend

A Graphic Designer’s Incredible Journey With Two of Scarborough’s Most Recognized Basketball Programs There’s an old saying by Confucius…”Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws.” This timeless quote perfectly sums up this blog series detailing a graphic designer’s journey with two of Scarborough’s most recognizable basketball programs; Scarborough Basketball Association (SBA) and P.H.A.S.E….

Alice Davis “The Mad Stepper”

Written By – Talia Leacok The Devil makes work for idle hands. That’s why Alice Davis keeps hers full. Between raising her five year old son, wrapping up her degree, learning Spanish, and making plans to start her nursing career in Florida, you’d be hard pressed to find Alice wasting a single minute. It’s an…

Who’s In Your Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame

There is only one Canadian basketball Hall of Fame and to expect Basketball Canada to represent the history I witnessed would be ideal but unfortunately right now it does not.  As leader of my organization my responsibility is to the history of our thousands of alumni. I do hope many of P.H.A.S.E. 1’s alumni will…

Jevohn “J-Shep” Shepherd

Mr. “Air Canada III” Canadian basketball fans will always appreciate Vince Carter as the most popular “Air Canada” anyone knows. But for many of us Canadians on the ball scene, we had an actual Canadian “Air Canada” years before. That title was officially given to Charles Rochelen of Eastern Commerce H.S. who went on to play for…

Dane Smith Mr.”We The North”

Editor – Baaba Hughes When you come from a family of 8 like Toronto born Dane Smith, there’s no other choice but to be competitive. And Dane’s competitive spirit showed early on as he entered into many sports, his favorites including basketball and cross country. Though Smith says he was naturally talented at both sports,…

History Is Your Journey

“It is Our Own Responsibility to Tell Canadian Basketball History” – Wayne Dawkins I’ve been approached by a lot by people reminiscing on how it used to be in the G.T.A. basketball community. It didn’t really hit me until some recent conversations with former Alumni and published Author Kern Carter (Thoughts of a Fractured Soul…

Amanda Davidson – Charting A New Course

Amanda Davidson is a Canadian athlete born in Scarborough, which is a borough of Toronto, Ontario. Her love for basketball is what kick started her Elite1 journey, and she later took those lessons and transferred them into a career as a semi pro football player. P.H.A.S.E. 1 has been a steady part of Amanda ‘s…

Jackie Dawkins – Football Mom – Fit@40+

Jackie Dawkins – Elite 1 Journey Where were born? Toronto, Ontario Canada Who got you started in sports? I got started in sports in my school-aged years. My first introduction to sports came from my grade 6 PE Teacher. My PE teacher saw my natural ability and physique and encouraged me to try out for…