March madness is hitting a hoops court in Cadboro Bay.
Graham Payette hopes to gather a following at his neighbourhood court after spending the winter months enjoying ad hoc games in other areas of Saanich.
“It’s just something we want to explore as a startup,” Payette said. “I thought I’d just throw it out there. I have people interested in basketball in my neighbourhood.”
As a regular walker in the area, he felt the basketball court could be an ideal place to spend some quality time Sunday afternoons.
“It’s too nice out to not come out every once in a while and just enjoy the environment,” he said. “I think, like a lot of other people, particularly in the spring there’s a time when a lot of the fields and things like that are empty. We live in such a beautiful place that it’s a crime it’s empty.”
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, he introduced the Cadboro Bay Basketball League with pick-up games at Maynard Park on Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m. The first was March 23.
“Basketball is the focus but it’s meant to extend beyond that,” he said. “There’s the potential for a Cadboro Bay Quadrathlon.”
Other suggested events include a visit to the new board shop, a hang at the beach and a visit to Smugglers.
“That’s a Victoria specific kind of thing that you can only do around here,” he said with a chuckle. “We’re all so busy, we don’t take the time to play and have fun.”
He hopes to run the league Sundays through the summer, and include everything from pick two-on-two to four-on-four for men and women of all ages and abilities.
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