Basketball Building Bridges

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 10:46 a.m. June 30, 2016

For the last six years, Constable Asif Shaikh has been running a successful basketball program for youth and their families.

A group of people in a gym, some hold basketballs
The community has been coming out to West Hill Collegiate to play basketball with officers for six years
  • A group of people in a gym, some hold basketballs
  • Four men, holding plaques together

Every Thursday during the school year, community members and their families join the 33 Division officer and fellow Constable Julius Agamata, from 32 Division, for a hoops pick-up game at West Hill Collegiate.

On June 16, community members recognized Shaikh and Agamata for using the program as a vehicle to build bridges between police and the community.

“Officers and programs such as this make a huge difference in the lives of young people in the long run in making healthy lifestyle choices,” said community member Ali Butt.

In 2012, Agamata, of 32 Division, joined Shaikh to help administer the program.

“He’s been very supportive and I would like to thank him for all that he’s done,” said Shaikh. “Even though there was a new addition to his family last year, he took time out from his busy schedule to continue to help the community.”

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