The truth doesn’t need followers, the truth needs heroes. And our community and this land and the creator are our heroes. This land is home to many indigenous communities, we honor all of them on treaty 6 territory. We praise the most high for this gathering as well.
I’m From a part of town. That respects people that respect community.
40 years. From the Caribbean to Canada. From Africa. From South America, from the Middle East. Asia. Europe, to here. Home. Londonderry was never a court for me. It was a home. I knew all the ballers, I knew the parents, I knew the shop owners, and here, I knew myself.
Brothers and sisters from the community can ball. It was our love language. We showed the world how much we loved it. Every time we hooped. 28 years ago I came to these courts. To get my education. Not those books, lessons plans or a curriculum that didn’t know me. I came to the streetball courts. That was my classroom. The OGs, yeah we listened to them. Complained silently, but we listened. Because they knew the multiverse before us. Our parents, we were thankful, how could any parent invest so much in a world our children introduced us to. It was divine.The courts. Pride of the NORTHSIDE, a streetball tournament, at Londonderry courts has run now for 14 years. I’ve attended every single event. But so did our grandparents, and our parents. And us.
A dream I had as a kid was, what if we had one of those family reunions, a big one, like on TV. That be real cool if we did that. And we did that, but when brother Maasai ujiri came to the court, we realized we couldn’t retire from the game. Our prayers were answered, and a new generation will walk alongside us, committed to this court, like we did, many years ago.
A giant of Africa. And the roots of our ancestors. Stretched upward & forward. The roots climbed mountains, soared skies, & marched on waters, against all odds, and found us, here on turtle island. My Jamaican, First Nation, Nigerian, Middle East, Ghanaian, Grenadian, Somali, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Lebanese, Ukrainian, South Sudanese family, we finally found each other, here.
And instead of planting a flag, we enriched the roots. We watered the soil. Told Africa we never forgot her. And we honored Mothers earths treaty 6 territory.
Thank you Londonderry, Giants of Africa, The EPSB foundation, Sun Life, Maple Leaf Sports, and our very generous sponsors. On this day they’ve made parents who were kids, feel eversoe happy, for kids that will now play on the court, that we always dreamed of.
AGP, Quiny and Zuri Parker: Pride of the North Staff and Volunteers
The Pride of the Northside 4 on 4 Streetball tournament is a 2 day full weekend event in the heart of North Edmonton Streetball culture: Londonderry Outdoor courts. The Tournament was created to uplift the community and to showcase the vibrant streetball and hip hop culture in Northeast Edmonton. Community Barbecue, musical performances, dance competitions, Live DJ, on-site Physiotherapy, 3 point and Slam Dunk Competitions; we do it all in the name of celebrating sport in the city of Edmonton. Every 3rd week of August since August 2009 this tournament has served as a fundraiser, block party, and basketball showcase in the city of Edmonton. This community event is more than a tournament and the participants are a part of a long tradition of community outreach. We are very excited to relaunch our tournament this August 19-20, 2024! On behalf of our tournament staff: thank you to all participants, sponsors and volunteers. Welcome Back!
As a community we are about love, respect, loyalty and working together. From Castle Downs to Clareview, Namao to Fraser, we are a strong community.
Kids of all ages get chance to hoop in the heart of North Edmonton. Rather than our team explaining what the tourney means to our community, listen to the youth share their memories related to their expeirences at our annual tourney
You've watched the videos, you've attended before, or maybe this is your first experience with the North Edmonton Streetball culture, in any event click the link below to register your amazing team in our fantastic summer tournament!
DJ January is no stranger to the music scene here in Edmonton Alberta. The son of highly acclaimed and award winning 30 year professional DJ (DJ GameGirl) has spent numerous years perfecting his craft while learning lessons from his mastermind DJ mother.
In 2021 Jaylin entered the scene with a flurry of beats, gigs, and collabs. But before that Jaylin had his first gig working alongside tournament director Andrew Parker at a Canada Basketball 3x3 Tournament hosted by Basketball Alberta.
His name is spoken with great respect here in the city of champions and you can find him spinning at various venues in Western Canada.
If you'd like to hear Jaylin's mixes please click on the link below and follow him on all social media platforms. He will be our OFFICIAL tournament DJ for the entire #prideofthenorth Weekend!
Alain Intwali entered the music scene in a major way this year! Featured on numerous songs in Canada and overseas, his official launch will be August 12 (a day before his performance at Pride of the North)!
This year the Pride of the Northside Staffwill be supporting the Dunk on Disease Foundation once again. Our dear brother Mr. David Adomako Ansah was the president of this charitable organization and in previous years of the tournament we donated to the Stollery Children's hospital in his name. David was inspired to give back after being diagnosed with lupus in 2006, an auto-immune disease where the body essentially turns on itself, with the person’s own immune system attacking their otherwise healthy body tissue. This disease eventually claimed David’s heart, and he spent months at the Stollery Children’s Hospital hooked to a Berlin Heart while he waited for a transplant. David was inspired by the quality of care and support he received there, and wanted to find a way to give back to the doctors and nurses who had given him a new lease on life. David (rip) was the president and founder of Dunk on Disease, a grass-roots charitable organization started in 2008 that has raised over $10,000 for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation to date. This year we will be selling David's Dunk on Disease t-shirts on Saturday and Sunday. The Adomako Ansah family has always been a part of our team at Pride of the North and we are delighted to once again support an amazing cause in the city of Edmonton.
* 3 rounds, for both the 18 and over dunk age group and the 18 and under age group
* Each player will be allowed 2 dunks per round, and the dunk must go through the net to be counted
* There is no time limit
* 4 dunk attempts will be allowed per round,
* After the second round the top 2 Dunkers will advance to the finals
*(Only 1 member from your team can participate in the 3 point competition, all other members must rebound the ball for your team's shooter)
* 3 rounds, for all ages, 13-15, 15-18, and 18 and over age groups
* 2 contestants will shoot at the same time on opposite ends of the court
* The person with the most points at the end of 1 minute advance to the next round
* The top 8 shooters advance to the next round, the top 4 from the top 8 advance to the next round and the top 2 shooters advance to the final round
Crowd Participation is a huge element of our tournament, we encourage all fans to help their teams by promoting great sportsmanship and teamwork. For each contest participants can have team mates pass them balls for alley oops and rebound their shots in the 3 point contest, family and friends can help out as well. We also encourage all fans to share the best highlights form the tournament to @andrewparkerap on Instagram, and @andrewparkeragp using the hashtag #NORTH13 For each event participants will receive a prize ranging from $100-$200 in value. Runner ups will get prizes as well.
The Pride of the Northside 4 on 4 Streetball tournament is a 2 day full weekend event in the heart of North Edmonton Streetball culture: Londonderry Outdoor courts. The Tournament was created to uplift the community and to showcase the vibrant streetball and hip hop culture in Northeast Edmonton. Community Barbecue, musical performances, dance competitions, Live DJ, on-site Physiotherapy, 3 point and Slam and Competitions; we do it all in the name of celebrating sport in the city of Edmonton. Every 3rd week of August since August 2009 this tournament has served as a fundraiser, block party, and basketball showcase in the city of Edmonton. This community event is more than a tournament and the participants are a part of a long tradition of community outreach. If you would like to volunteer this year please email firstname.lastname@example.org and all volunteer opportunities will be shared directly to you.
1. Games will be played up to 16 points with each basket scored inside of the 3 point line being worth 1, and each shot taken behind the three point line being worth 2 points
2. There will be a 20-25 minute time limit for each game. If the game is tied after 25 minutes then the first team to score a basket wins.
3. Each player has unlimited fouls and cannot foul out the game
4. If a team commits 6 team fouls, one free throw is awarded for each foul after the 6th
5. Any foul made in the act of shooting will result in a foul shot. If a player makes the basket while in the act of shooting the player will get the point and a free throw as well, whether it’s a 2 pointer or a single point, they will receive the extra free throw in the act of shooting.
6. Each team is entitled to one (2 minute) time out per game.
7. Substitutions can be made at any dead ball situation in the game-but no subbing on the fly (i.e during play).
8. Technical fouls will result in 2 free throws and possession of the ball for the other team.
9. Championship games will go as follows: The 18 and over division will be played up to 25 points, no time limit. The middle and lower age groups will be played up to 25 points-with a 30 minute time limit. In the championship game (in all divisions), both teams will be entitled to 2 timeouts. All Awards for Champions and runner ups for all divisions will be given in an award ceremony after the 18 and over championship.
10. If you are not registered on a team in the tournament, you cannot play, under any circumstances. (i.e. if a team is missing players they cannot add new players, no exceptions,)
11. You must sign the referees-players sign up sheet, before you or your team can play each game. All players must sign the sheet as proof of team membership)
12. Teams are allowed 5 players, 4 must be present to play the game. If only 3 players are present at the start of the game, then both teams are allowed to play 3 on 3.
13. If only 2 players are present from a team, the team in question must forfeit the game. ****(only in extreme cases will tournament organizers reschedule the game, or adjust the rule, but only if the opponent agrees)
14. Once your team has been eliminated from the playoffs, no members from that team can join teams who have successfully advanced in the playoffs, (i.e. if your team lost in the quarter finals, you cannot join a team that advanced to the semis, no exceptions).
15. At any given point in time, The referee can pause the game (or take a 'referee's time out') to address issues they feel that are necessary to address. Any issues of disrespect towards referees or staff can result in ejection from the game, and subsequently from the tournament.
16. All Playoff games are single elimination.
17. Spectators cannot negatively interfere with other teams, staff or other spectators. If they are fans, friends or family related to the teams in question, and continually cause an issue they (as well as the team they are supporting) will be asked to leave the tournament grounds.
18. There is no “Over and back” rule. You may take a step or two from the half court line because the tournament courts are condensed.
*****(There will be Security on staff to monitor and ensure the safety of both the players and spectators of the tournament)*****
Parents, players, and basketball enthusiasts, if you prefer to download the tournament rules so that you can bring a copy to the tournament grounds August 13-14, click on the link below.
Dear Potential Sponsors and Donors,
As an ambassador of North Edmonton, I am passionate about mentoring the next generation, and giving back to the community. Primarily this tournament is a grassroots initiative intended to bring together Edmonton’s basketball community, as well as its fans and supporters. Since the beginning of our tournament our sponsors have been and integral part of the delivery of this premier outdoor summer event. We graciously ask at this point for continued and new support from the city of champions. We award prizing to all 5 members of the top two teams in each division in forms such as: sports related clothing or equipment, store discounts, coupons, gift cards, funding for prizes, school supplies for Elementary, Junior High and High School Children, outdoor equipment, or grocery items for BBQ. Anything you can help us with would be a great service to us and please feel free to forward this information to anyone you feel would also be interested in helping with our cause. If you are interested in sponsoring a team in our tournament this year please email email@example.com and a sponsor package will be sent out to you , your business, or you organization.
Thank you very much and God bless.
The Pride of the Northside Staff