Karl Subban talks b-ball, books and achieving success at Midnight Madness Basketball program

Karl Subban talks b-ball, books and achieving success at Midnight Madness Basketball program

November 08, 2018

Karl Subban shares the secret of success with young b-ball players.

Hockey super-dad Karl, Subban, brought a message to youth about reaching their full potential at the Midnight Madness Basketball program for youth living in Toronto Community Housing (TCHC). 

As a guest speaker on November 2, Mr. Subban spoke to the youth about the importance of believing in themselves and their dreams, developing good leadership skills and how to overcome everyday challenges. 

“It’s important to have a dream but you have to do the work to activate your potential,” he told the youth. 

Mr. Subban, a former school principal and father of five, including professional hockey stars P.K. (Nashville Predators), Malcolm (Las Vegas Golden Knights), and Jordan (Toronto Marlies), shared his sons’ secret to success. He urged youth to believe in their potential as a basketball player, read more books to boost their knowledge and work hard to be a better person on and off the court. 

“When you have a dream and you are working to fulfill it, you just don’t know what you are capable of achieving,” he said.

Karl Subban signs autographs for his book How We Did It.

Every Friday night from October 26 to November 30, the youth meet at the University of Toronto Athletics Centre to practice their basketball skills, as well as learn new ones under the guidance of community coaches and seasoned mentors. The youth take part in team-building exercises and learn fundamental basketball skills such as dribbling, defensive and shooting techniques. 

The Midnight Madness basketball program provides participants with training off the court as well. There are workshops about financial literacy, values and decision-making, conflict resolution, leadership and community involvement throughout the season. All the teams are also competing for the Midnight Madness Basketball Championship Cup, currently held by the team from Chester Le. 

Mr. and Mrs. Subban pose for a photograph with Tom Best, Executive Director of First Book Canada (second from left), and TCHC employees Husein Ladha (L) and Willians Herrada (R).

More than 60 players are taking part in the Midnight Madness Basketball 2018 fall season; players are 14 to 18 years old and come from various Toronto communities such as Chester Le, East Mall, Mornelle, Trethewey, Canlish and Lawrence Heights.

First Book Canada donated copies of Mr. Subban’s book, How We Did It, to the players and staff who attended the November 2nd workshop.

Other high profile guest speakers scheduled to engage and inspire the youth throughout the fall season of Midnight Madness Basketball include members of the Young Professionals Network (November 9); Ryan Schmidt, Raptors 905 Assistant Coach (on November 16) and Tyler Holmes, Toronto Argos offensive lineman (November 23).