Out of Province Basketball team comes to Sault Ste. Marie

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A report out of Winnipeg says an elite level basketball team came to Sault Ste. Marie earlier this month.

After a two week training trip to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario a team from the National Preparatory League the Northstar Preparatory Institute returned home to Winnipeg on December 21, 2020.

The program is designed to help elite-talent high school players mostly from the Winnipeg area get exposure to scouts from across North America.

Players parents were told they would all get COVID tests when they arrived in Ontario. They were instructed to deceive health officials here in order to get the tests by saying they had symptoms even if they didn’t.

The province of Manitoba has been in a lockdown situation since November. A previous plan by this organization to go to Calgary for training did not come to fruition.

There may be players with association to this team from Sault Ste. Marie according to the report.

Saultonline.com will bring you more information as we uncover what happened in this situation.

15 COMMENTS

  1. There are hockey teams competing against each other and travelling from community to community. This small group of young basketball players arrived, got tested, quarantined, trained as a group, and left as a group. As far as I can tell they were less of a threat to our community than the Soo Thunderbirds are. As for being told to “deceive health officials”, I don’t see anybody being quoted as saying that, which makes the journalist’ effort seem a little less than satisfactory. If the source isn’t willing to put they’re name to that quote…perhaps it shouldn’t have made it to the story. But without that quote, its a story of young people following rules and doing the best they can to play the sport they love…and it becomes a non-story. I’m sure Mr Giovanetti did everything right, and in accordance with APH

    • The fact that hockey teams are traveling is also unacceptable at this time, what part of STAY hOME do people not comprehend… and it’s not just during the lockdown that has been the message for months… makes no sense when I’m seeing pictures of hockey benches packed with players in men’s league yet don’t wear a mask in a store and your going to get stoned by other shoppers for putting their safety at risk… I’m sure these individuals are not in a bubble where they only play hockey bet they go to work the next day possibly passing along the disease and don’t say it’s not here as it is!

  2. The person who may have hosted them is also a VP at a local high school which puts those staff and children at risk. Very poor decision to have this group here. Thunder Bay’s rise in cases were as a result in large part to Winnipeg!

    Clearly this team would not be able to play at any SSM school the education system would never allow it thus making it pretty obvious where they held their training.

    Disappointing to say the least Jeff.

  3. You all are missing the point this group told the kids to lie to the health system to get there test done ahead of everybody else they not only teaching basketball but life skills Algoma health should not be happy that they told these young men to lie while others wait inline to get there tests done to visit there family in long term care shame on them!

  4. You all are missing the point this group told the kids to lie to the health system to get there test done ahead of everybody else they not only teaching basketball but life skills Algoma health should not be happy that they told these young men to lie while others wait inline to get there tests done to visit there family in lon g term care shame on them!

  5. Can I have an explanation on why my comment was removed speculating that the event occurred at the a specific location in town given that the original source article clearly identified Mr. Givonatti in association with the organization and the building identified in my comment is where his club operates out of which is clearly evidenced by their facebook page.

    The role of moderation is to eliminate discussion that could be defamatory not to remove factual information, or perceived factual information of the poster. After all that’s why journalists can post non-factual information all the time right, as they perceived it to be factual at the time of writing. Freedom of the press seems to get exercised quite loosely these days, yet moderation does not, seems like there’s a bit of irony there.

    • Hi Jeremy… yes you are correct that your comment was flagged for moderation, just not by us and rather by a viewer. When this happens, comments are sent to our team for review and as long as it does not violate our Terms of Use policy, will be republished. This is a manual process and it does take time, especially when it is the holidays and we only have a few team members working. Contrary to your above statement, we take great pride in providing a platform that encourages discussions and debate via comments submitted on stories. Unfortunately, as lessons have taught us in the past, moderation is a necessary and time consuming process. We greatly appreciate when our viewers take the time to offer support and assistance when reporting a comment that may violate the above mention policies on our platforms. It helps ensure we can continue to provide our Communities with a voice. Please have a safe and enjoyable holidays.

    • The school is called “The new Activity Center for the Community”. And I think you are probably correct. The assistant coach that was named in the SooToday article is from that center.

      • Hundreds at Wal-mart who are masked, and not exerting significant increased respiratory effort while running around a gym without masks on in close proximity with one another, and touching a ball that was contaminated between individuals… I highly doubt you guys are cleaning the ball in between individual contacts. Not even a close comparison but with a try.

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