STATEMENT ON WINDSOR EXPRESS NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

October 15, 2012

STATEMENT ON WINDSOR EXPRESS NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, on November 2, the Windsor Express tips off its inaugural season in the National Basketball League. In its second season, the NBL is the next chapter in Canada's connection to one of the world's most popular sports, the game of basketball, invented by Dr. James Naismith and is another gift from Canada to the world. The NBL's focus on core principles including Canadian content, passion for play, ethical excellence and focus on fans will facilitate the continued evolution of the game. Under the leadership of President Dartis Willis Sr., the Express is applying these principles in my community featuring two Windsor athletes, Gregg Surmacz and Issac Kuon, on their opening day roster and are further nurturing that community connection by supporting education initiatives, community events and small business. In choosing the name the Windsor Express, the franchise tells Windsor's story by acknowledging our community as an Underground Railroad destination and pays homage to the Railmen of Windsor, connecting heritage and history through sport. It gives me great pleasure to welcome the Windsor Express to my community. I am confident the organization will make tremendous ambassadors for our city. All aboard the Windsor Express.