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Economic Development

John Thompson Appointed CEO of the Kitchener-Waterloo Basketball Club

Announces “Name the Team” Contest as First Order of Business

Waterloo –The Canadian Basketball League announced and introduced John Thompson as the founding CEO of Kitchener Waterloo's professional basketball team.

Photo - Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, Kitchener-Waterloo Basketball Club CEO John Thompson, Region of Waterloo Councillor Tom Galloway and Canadian Basketball League Founder Butch Carter.

Thompson, a long-time resident of Waterloo and member of the local sports community, brings significant varied experience of working with "community based" organizations. Following a lengthy career as CEO of United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area, he also served as General Manager of the highly successful 2008 MasterCard Memorial Cup and is a two-term past president of the Kitchener Sports Association. Currently, he is winding down as volunteer Chair of the Host Committee for the community's 2nd annual "Hockey Helps The Homeless" tournament at Waterloo's RIM Park on Friday, October 30th.

"Personally, I am pleased at this great opportunity to help establish a ‘community based’ professional basketball team in K-W. The Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex is an excellent facility, and the popularity of basketball at many levels in our community provides a solid base for success. My wife Brenda and I are so pleased to be involved" said Thompson.

The community will have a "hands-on" opportunity to "Name The Team" with details being announced at a reception hosted by the Greater K-W Chamber of Commerce during the evening on Wednesday November 4th at Maxwell's Concert Hall in Waterloo. At that event, league founder Butch Carter will introduce the inaugural coach of the local team.

The local team begins the 2015-16 season at home at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Friday evening, December 18th hosting Ottawa.

John Thompson is a long-time resident of Waterloo Region and equally long-time member of the local sports community. Following a lengthy career as CEO of United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area, he also served as General Manager of the highly successful 2008 MasterCard Memorial Cup and is a two-term past president of the Kitchener Sports Association. Currently, he is winding down as volunteer Chair of the Host Committee for the community's 2nd annual "Hockey Helps the Homeless" tournament at Waterloo's RIM Park on Friday, October 30th.

The Canadian Basketball League (CBL) was founded in July 2014 by former Toronto Raptors Head Coach, Butch Carter. The CBL is a professional basketball league governed by FIBA rules, incorporated on July 30, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. The CBL uses the best concepts from Euroleague Basketball, Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).

Until the establishment of the CBL, Canada was the largest country in the world that did not have a professional basketball league governed by FIBA rules to support its national basketball team (Canada Basketball). There are currently over 250 Canadians that are either in the US college system or playing professionally overseas. The CBL will eventually require six Canadians per team by 2017/2018.

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