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Rebound

Sports, Community, and the Inclusive City

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“The virus exposed how we live and work. It also revealed how we play, and what we lose when we have to stop. ” For every kid who makes it to the NBA, thousands more seek out the pleasure and camaraderie of pick-up basketball in their local community centre or neighbourhood park. It’s a story that plays out in sport after sport – team and individual, youth and adult, men’s and women’s. While the dazzle of pro athletes may command our attention, grassroots sports build the bridges that link city-dwellers together in ways that go well beyond the physical benefits. The pandemic and heightened awareness of racial exclusion reminded us of the importance of these pastimes and the public spaces where we play. In this closely reported exploration of the role of community sports in diverse cities, Toronto journalist Perry King makes an impassioned case for re-imagining neighbourhoods whose residents can be active, healthy, and connected.

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Perry King

Perry King is an author, freelance journalist, communications strategist, and proud South Parkdale-raised Torontonian. With a literary focus on sports, education and urbanism, Perry has bylines in Spacing Magazine, the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, BBC and a litany of independent newspapers and magazines.
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In the introductory chapter, the author suggests that at the best of times, sports – and the act of organizing and playing with others – is the lifeblood of a place. 9 $0.90

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This chapter focuses on basketball, and the impact that school sports can have on young people and communities. 8 $0.80

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In this chapter, King examines the legacy of Eastern Commerce High School in Toronto. 10 $1.00

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This chapter explores the Kensington neighbourhood in Toronto through the lens of nine-man volleyball, a sport first played in Canada by Chinese-American immigrants. 8 $0.80

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This chapter examines the Toronto Raptors NBA championship team, and how that franchise stimulated the re-development of Toronto’s public basketball courts. 9 $0.90

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In this chapter, King profiles Nav Bhatia, a Toronto Raptors superfan who has attended every one of the team’s home games. He has also spearheaded charitable initiatives that focus on … 8 $0.80

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This chapter examines the role of coaches and coaching in community sport. 5 $0.50

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In this chapter, the author writes about Lay-Up, a community sports organization that offers basketball and active lifestyle camps. 5 $0.50

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This chapter explores the role of ball hockey in community building in Brampton Ontario. 8 $0.80

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This chapter explores the legacy of Harry Gainey, a Jamaican-born Canadian railway worker. It also examines racism in hockey. 7 $0.70

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This chapter profiles another Jamaican Canadian: Karl Subban, the father of the NHL player P.K. Subban. 8 $0.80

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In this chapter, King writes about cricket, the Caribbean-Canadian community, and Canadian immigration policy. 10 $1.00

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This chapter examines the intersection between cricket and Toronto’s mayoral politics. 5 $0.50

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In this chapter, King details the construction of a ecologically-friendly cricket pitch at Valley Park, which is located in one of the most multicultural neighbourhoods in Canada. 8 $0.80

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This chapter ecamines the role of martial arts in communities, especially Muay Thai, or Thai boxing. 11 $1.10

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This chapter provides a history of the Toronto Wolfpack, an upstart rugby franchise who’s plans were complicated by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 6 $0.60

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In this chapter, King assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on community sports. 7 $0.70

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This chapter explores the future of Toronto. As the city grows, will there continue to be free and easy access to community sporting venues? 8 $0.80