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About Us

What is the Edmonton Grads Youth Basketball Association?

The Edmonton Grads Youth Basketball Association is a not for profit organization designed to promote basketball within the Edmonton Community. Our main focus is the spring basketball season. This is accomplished through a number of avenues including sponsoring athletes and teams as well as running the Great Canadian Shootout on the first weekend of July each year at the Saville Community Sport Center. 

Gerald Bleau- President

Over the past 38 years Gerald has coached at the junior high, senior high and collegiate open club levels.  Currently, he is the Head Coach of the Grads Collegiate Open Girls Team and Grads U15 team.  Along with coaching the teams he has also initiated a mentorship model, which develops young athletes into elite level players.  Currently,  over 20 who have signed letters of intent to play at the ACAC level at colleges in Alberta next season.  Since 2003, 20 players have gone on to compete in the ACAC or CIS. 

Along with coaching Gerald has worked to foster a development system within Edmonton to continue the growth of basketball. This not only includes a mentorship program for athletes but also fostering coach development. Through this multi-faceted approach, Gerald works to assist the EGYBA and greater Edmonton basketball community.