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The Coal Bowl: youth basketball in Nova Scotia

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.

If your team wants to vie for the Coal Bowl, you'll have to learn something about the history of New Waterford. The prospect doesn't seem to bother those who come to participate in the Coal Bowl New Waterford Classic Tournament at the Breton Education Centre. The local kids like the event because it gives them a rare chance to meet students from across the country. As explained in this 2001 CBC-TV clip from Canada Now, the tourney also serves to lift the spirits of the community. New Waterford is a mining town that saw one coalmine close in the late 1980s and another in 2000.
• The Coal Bowl Classic is a national invitational male/female high school tournament.
  • Since the tournament's inception in 1982, all of the teams have stayed at the Cape Breton Education Centre, a combined junior-senior high school which opened in 1970. 

Medium: Television
Program: Canada Now
Broadcast Date: Feb. 7, 2001
Guest(s): Gail Heffernan, Jim Kavanaugh, Jimmy Rankin, James Regala
Reporter: Frank King
Duration: 1:44

Last updated: February 14, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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