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Media Release: Youth and Community Leaders Unite for 5th Annual Basketball Tournament

Monday, August 22, 2016

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For immediate release
August 22, 2016

MISSISSAUGA – Nexus Youth Services (NYS) will host its 5th annual 5-on-5 basketball tournament on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at Celebration Square in Mississauga. Peel youth will play alongside community leaders from Peel Regional Police, Mississauga Security/Transit Enforcement and the Peel S.W.A.G. program. Beginning at 4 p.m. with a 3-point shootout, the event runs until 8 p.m. and includes a dunk-off contest, prizes and free barbeque.

Since its inception in 2012, the annual basketball tournament has continued to gain community support. “Mississauga Security/Transit Enforcement and Peel Regional Police have consistently supported this event and participated in the tournament alongside our youth and community partners,” says NYS Youth Engagement Worker and event organizer Jesse Murray.

Youth volunteers and local business also play an important role in supporting the tournament, which continues to attract a diverse group of players and spectators to celebrate the end of a great summer. Says Murray, “This event has become highly requested every year by many youth who access the Nexus Youth Centre. It has been an amazing way for us to give back to the community and forge meaningful relationships between our youth and community leaders. We look forward to continuing this tradition for years to come.”

NYS creates opportunities for youth by providing high quality services that are inclusive and responsive to the needs and voices of youth ages 14 to 24. It is an accredited, community-based, publicly funded, mental health agency serving youth living in Peel region. As a youth-serving agency, NYS is committed to youth engagement practice and is dedicated to creating a community that values the diverse voices of youth and young adults through action, partnership and growth.

NYS helps more than 2,000 youth annually through its Community Counselling Program and the Nexus Youth Centre (NYC), located in the Mississauga Central Library. NYC is fully accessible drop-in centre, providing mental health counselling services, daily activities and group programs to youth with no referral required. For more information on NYS programs and services, call 905-795-3518 or visit www.nexusyouth.ca.

Media enquiries:
Alexandra Macgregor-Amde, Communications Specialist
(905) 795-3500 ext. 2297

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