The Jr. NBA Team

The Jr. NBA Team assists in the launch of new programs and supporting the operations of existing hosts. Contact a Jr. NBA team member to learn more about hosting a program!

Benjamin Li 

Youth Development Coordinator

Benjamin Li graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. He worked at RBC in the IT space for 5 years, but longed for a career that matched his passion of sports. To pursue his endeavors, he went back to school and completed a Recreation and Leisure Services diploma, receiving advanced honours and the Program Coordinator Leadership Award within his cohort, and in the following year, completed a post-graduate certificate in Sport Business Management with advanced honours, both at Humber College.

After Humber, he worked at Canada Basketball, first as an intern, then as an assistant, and currently as the Youth Development Coordinator, overseeing all aspects of the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball.

Ben is deeply involved in his community at the grassroots as a community coach, working with youth ranging from ages 3-17 years old, and has been trained in FUNdamentals and Learn-To-Train. 


Mani Bhullar

Domestic Programs Intern

Mani is a Humber College alumni from the Sport Management program. He completed the advanced diploma program in 2020 and has a passion for sports and all of the aspects that are involved in ensuring that programs, events, teams, and business run smoothly and effectively.

Mani volunteered with many different organizations such as North Pole Hoops, G-League, ECHL’s Brampton Beasts, P.L.A.S.P, and CIBC’s Run for the Cure during his high school and college years. After graduating Humber, he began working at a cookie store owned by a relative where he got to explore multiple positions. Having gained that experience, he wanted to rekindle his passion for athletics by pursuing an internship within the sport industry as a way to build connections and to contribute to the Canadian athletics community.

He recently joined Canada Basketball in the Winter of 2022 in hopes to make meaningful contributions to Youth Development team helping to assist in the operations of the Jr. NBA program.


Alyssa Golin

Coach Education, Officials Development Intern

Alyssa grew up playing Basketball and Soccer, however found she was much better with a ball at her feet and continued to pursue playing soccer at the University of Toronto, where she played on the Varsity team for 5 years.

After graduating, she began a career in sales and social media marketing. With soccer no longer being at the forefront of her life, there was a piece missing in her professional life and she committed to pursuing a career within the sports industry. This led her to working with a start-up leadership development company that works with amateur, professional, and retired athletes focusing on career transition.

Additionally, this fall, Alyssa joins Canada Basketball’s Domestic Development team to assist in the various portfolios (Coach Education, Officials Development, and Youth Development) within the department.