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The amiable Chris Bosh

In 1891 at a YMCA Training School in Springfield, Mass., a Canadian athletic instructor invented a simple game involving a ball tossed into a peach basket. It would take nearly a century for basketball to gain worldwide prominence and develop its own culture, fashion and vibe. Along the way, Canadians have played a huge role in popularizing the sport, on the street, in gyms and in the professional ranks.

There's a lot to like about Chris Bosh, but he won't be the one to tell you what those things are. The humble basketball star is just happy to be accepted in Toronto in such as short period of time. "I didn't think that I would have the success that I've had so far, and I didn't think I would be so accepted into the city," he says in this 2009 segment from CBC-TV's The Hour. With host George Stroumboulopoulos, Bosh talks about his Dallas roots, being a team leader, his basketball idol Kevin Garnett, the parity between the NBA's Eastern and Western Conferences and even the plight of the Maple Leafs. When it comes to the matter of donating one million dollars to Toronto's community programs, Bosh chooses his words carefully to describe what he tried to do. "As a professional athlete there are going to be a lot of eyes on you, and I think it's very important to use your money wisely. And I am a product of the community. I went to free camps. I went to different tutorials, mentoring sessions. I mean, you name it I went to it. And I looked around the city and there wasn't many places that offered that for kids ... we just wanted to provide some kind of things for the kids to do something."
• Christopher Wesson Bosh was born on March 24, 1984 in Dallas and grew up in Hutchins, a Dallas suburb.

• As a senior at Lincoln High School in Dallas, he led his team to a 40-0 mark and the Texas state championship. He was subsequently named High School Player of the Year by Basketball America, among several other accolades. He graduated from Lincoln with honours and was a National Honour Society member.

• Bosh was selected fourth overall in the 2004 NBA draft, which included future superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony. Bosh left Georgia Tech University after just one year to enter the draft.

• His nickname is CB4, taken from his initials and his uniform number. It was coined by former Raptors play-by-play announcer Chuck Swirsky.

• Bosh is known for his philanthropy and active community service. He set up the Chris Bosh Foundation to help promote sports and education among youth in Toronto and his hometown of Dallas. He also speaks regularly to kids about the benefits of reading.

• In July 2006, Bosh signed a three-year contract extension reportedly worth $65 million US over four years. During the press conference, he announced that he was donating $1 million to a Toronto charity known as Community Legacy Projects.

• Bosh made a splash in the media by starring in his own humorous commercials. He has his own YouTube channel, called CBTV.

• As of the end of the 2008-09 NBA season, Bosh played six years with the Raptors and averaged over 19 points and nine rebounds per game. He was a four-time all-star and won a gold medal with the U.S. Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Medium: Television
Program: The Hour
Broadcast Date: March 14, 2008
Guest(s): Chris Bosh
Host: George Stroumboulopoulos
Duration: 11:19
Bosh/Raptors footage: NBA

Last updated: February 15, 2012

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