Are You Ready for Basketball Day in Fredericton? The NMBA Is!

 Let's see now.

 A gleaming gymnasium floor, six baskets, volunteers and a smash of children running and having fun?

 Where else would you rather be?

 For the first time in its seven-year history, the Northside Minor Basketball Association will host Basketball Day in Fredericton, a celebration of its Steve Nash Youth Basketball program.

This weekend will have basketball fans checking schedules and making plans.

 The NMBA will kick start the weekend with a fun-filled event aimed at its  Youth program and others who may be interested in discovering the what the fuss is all about.

  Basketball Day in Fredericton will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Gibson Neill Elementary School to celebrate the game's youth with for children Grade 1 to 5.

 It will also provide an opportunity for payment for your children's registration of $150 that day at the school to begin the season.

 Along with Basketball Day in Fredericton, the weekend features two tournaments at the University of New Brunswick in Canadian Interuniversity Sport pre-season play.

 UNB men's team is hosting its popular Eric Garland Memorial tournament. The Varsity Reds open Oct. 3 against the Universite de Quebec at Montreal Citadines at 8 p.m., face Atlantic University Sport rival University of Prince Edward Island Panthers 24 hours later and meet Cape Breton University Capers on Oct. 5 at 3 p.m.

  UNB women are at home for the Helen Campbell tournament, playing Concordia Stingers of Montreal on Oct. 3, Ryerson Rams of Toronto on Oct. 4 (both at 6 p.m.) and conference foes Cape Breton at 1 p.m. on Oct. 5.

 All games are at the Richard Currie Center.

 The NMBA will unleash children on the court with guest coaches including Basketball New Brunswick Technical Director Neil Smith and numerous others along with visits from its bantam Lions' teams.

 This weekend has basketball written all over it and with all the options out there, we wanted to try and combine the opportunity for our young Steve Nash program participants to come to the gym early and then perhaps join their families for university basketball later in the day,' said NMBA president Brad Janes. 'We've had great cooperation with UNB and that includes some tournament pass giveaways. The morning for the children is designed simply around having fun. We're encouraging all of our Steve Nash participants to come out and bring a friend. Or if you're a parent who wants to see what we're offering with the learn to play program, put a pair of sneakers on your child and we'll find them some fun.'

 There is no charge for Basketball Day in Fredericton at the Northside elementary school.

 You can pre-register by emailing nmbageneral@live.com.

 'The NMBA hasn't done anything like this before, but we just wanted to be a part of the weekend and help celebrate basketball in the city,' said Janes. 'Itís simply a great opportunity to see what we're doing with an outstanding learn to play program. We hope folks take advantage of the morning and have a blast.'