Curriculum Writers

Chris Clunie

As a Director of International Basketball Operations at the National Basketball Association, Chris facilitates the NBA’s global development outreach platforms from both a professional and grassroots perspective. Chris has helped organize and execute numerous programs and events, including Basketball without Borders, NBA 3X, NBA Global Games, Jr. and U.S. State Department Sports Envoy Program among many others. In addition to basketball development, Chris helps create and facilitate basketball strategies and platforms among other national basketball federations and leagues.

Kathy Brook

As a Senior Coaching Consultant at the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), Kathy currently works with a variety of sports to develop their National Coach Certification Programs (NCCP). Her main area of focus lies in the creation of development coaching systems.

Kathy is a Master Learning Facilitator and Master Evaluator for the Coaches Association of Ontario and Basketball Ontario. She is also involved with the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) as a member of the Coach Developer working group and helped develop the NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills program. She holds bachelor degrees in experiential education and physical education from Queen’s and McMaster universities, respectively, and is currently a teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board.

Kauri LaFontaine

As the Youth Development Coordinator Kauri assisted in the development and creation of the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball curriculum and oversaw the program for Canada Basketball. Kauri has coaching experience at the grassroots level, as the Director of the Whitby Wildcats Basketball Club, the OCAA level, as the Assistant Coach of the Women’s Varsity Basketball team and has served as an interim USports Head Coach at Laurentian University. Kauri has a passion for player development at all ages and stages.

Ron Yeung

Ron has been heavily involved in the sports industry, and specifically in the sport of basketball for over 15 years. Over this time, he has served in a number of important roles responsible for the strategic development and implementation of grassroots basketball in communities across Canada.  Ron worked with the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club from 2000-2006, where he was responsible for the successful growth and operation of the Raptorball Youth Leagues and Jr. NBA/WNBA.  In 2007, he was commissioned by Canada Basketball to design and develop Steve Nash Youth Basketball (SNYB), a national youth development program aimed to grow the game at the grassroots level.  Following the guidelines of the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) policy, along with researching best practices from other youth sport program models around the world, Ron was able to incorporate his vision to develop SNYB as the foundation of the Canadian basketball development system.

Ted Johnston

Ted Johnston trains coaches in the Canada Basketball National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). As a Master Learning Facilitator, Ted has contributed in creating basketball lesson plans with Sport PEI that integrate fundamental movement skills for young children. His countless hours in the gym have been spent coaching age and developmental-appropriate basketball skills to youth aged 4 to 19 years old.

Ted served as the President of East Prince Minor Basketball Association in Prince Edward Island from 2008 to 2012.

Troy Justice

As a Senior Director of International Basketball Operations, Troy is focused on growing and teaching basketball around the world at the youth and elite level through the design and implementation of strategic basketball initiatives. He serves as the Basketball Operations point of contact for NBA staff in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Rio, Mexico City and London. Justice coordinates basketball operations for the annual Basketball without Borders Global Camp held during NBA All-Star. He is the co-author of the Jr. NBA global curriculum and coordinates the international development of the NBA’s grassroots initiatives that engaged more than 12 million boys and girls during the 2015-16 NBA season, with Jr. NBA programs in 35 countries.