Community leader Manock Lual is using basketball as a stepping stone for character building

The former Canadian university and pro player is founder and CEO of PrezDential Basketball, a non-profit enterprise focussed on helping disadvantaged youth. It’s late Saturday morning and the energy oozes out of Manock Lual. Talking as he dribbles on the basketball court inside the Ottawa Technical Secondary School, he’s offering a multi-layered message to the 12-to 14-year-olds in front of him at the free drop-in session.

“How Basketball Can Save The World”: A 14-week university course

The New York University course uses basketball as a way to explore culture, politics and commerce, seeing how the game has served as a connecting force, while also being an outlet for new ideas. The concept began innocently. David Hollander’s day job was as a professor teaching the business of sports, while he played pick-up basketball in his spare time.

Lowertown basketball tournament aims to bring ‘peace in the streets’ | CBC News

Eight youth basketball teams took to the courts of a Lowertown park Saturday for a tournament held in the memory of two young Black men shot and killed last summer, just minutes away. Dozens came out to watch the “Peace in the Streets” tournament in Jules Morin Park, which honoured 20-year-old Loris Tyson Ndongozi and 18-year old Creflo Tansia.

‘Peace in the Streets’: Lowertown youth, community leaders come together to mourn homicide victims, work towards change

A crowd gathered beside the Rideau Street Loblaws in the afternoon sun, with some young people still wearing gear from the basketball tournament that was the other part of Saturday’s inaugural “Peace in the Streets” event.

Celebrating Black History

Manock Lual introduces his organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged youth in Ottawa.

Talking Point: Income disparity is a pressing federal election issue

“What COVID did was show us the holes in the city.” In the coming weeks, candidates will be on your doorstep. It will be your chance to ask them what they plan to do about issues that matter to you. We asked Ottawa residents what they would like local candidates to address.

CBC Ottawa announces its 2021 Trailblazers | CBC News

From employing Ottawans with disabilities at a new coffee shop to teaching young Black musicians how to make their voices heard, this year’s group of CBC Trailblazers has one thing in common: They all want to make the nation’s capital a better place. CBC Ottawa received hundreds of nominations for the 2021 Trailblazers Awards.

The bright side of business: Prezdential Basketball gives Ottawa youth training, life-changing skills | Ottawa Business Journal

Can you transform a professional basketball career into a social enterprise? For Manock Lual, founder and CEO of Prezdential Basketball, the answer is yes. Now in its third year, the business provides basketball lessons and foundational life skills to Ottawa youth. Lual and his family came to Ottawa from South Sudan as refugees.

Support Ottawa youth with the Prezdential School Bag Drive

Top Stories Support Ottawa youth with the Prezdential School Bag Drive Above: Rideau-Rockliffe city councillor Rawlson King and Prezdential Basketball founder Manock Lual are committed to improving the conditions at the Overbrook Community Centre basketball courts and surrounding park area. Manock Lual is a former South Sudanese refugee turned entrepreneur.

The N-word and the ‘unnecessary pain’ it inflicts | CBC News

The use of the N-word during a class at the University of Ottawa has sparked debate over racism, academic freedom and who has the right to use the term. CBC Ottawa asked three leaders in Ottawa’s Black community to share their perspectives on what ‘that word’ means to them, and what they think needs to change.

Basketball game held in memory of Manyok Akol, 18, who died in downtown shooting | CBC News

A fundraiser basketball game brought a community together Saturday to help support the family of an 18-year-old man who was shot and killed earlier this month. Manyok Akol was gunned down in his sleep on Jan. 8. He was with friends at a Gilmour Street Airbnb when intruders broke in around 7:30 a.m.

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