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About Us

Our Values

Respect | Integrity | Discipline | Accountability

Our Mission

To create respectful and successful athletes and community members through mentorship, sport and community engagement.
While bringing awareness to youth mental and physical health.

Meet The Team

Meet Shak Edwards, President of Shak's World Association and owner of Shak's World Community Centre

Shak Edwards
President

Shak holds 15+ years of experience in the basketball world at various levels from OBA (Ontario Basketball Association) to OCAA (Ontario College Athletic Association) they were proven to be some of the most impactful years of her life. She certainly discovered a family of coaches, players and mentors who continue to support her missions today. Shak sees sports as a catalyst for personal growth, an opportunity for participants of any skill level to strengthen themselves mentally, emotionally and physically. While building respectful community connections Shak’s World empowers youth to stay humble and kind when striving for greatness while guiding while providing access to mental and physical wellness tools. These relationships are proven to hold more weight and importance in the day to day life of our youth than most may assume. Through years of experience as a coach, player, referee, scorekeeper, convener and managing media coverage for various sports sources- basketball has been ingrained into her life in a beautiful way. Being able to share this experience with the upcoming generations and help them create healthy long-lasting bonds is very important to Shak’s mission. This organization was founded on the idea that a sports organization can deliver both athletic AND community development at every age and ability. To create a more unified community. Changing the mentality of our youth is a big mission but with the support of our community, through basketball she believes we can make an amazing difference in countless lives. At risk/vulnerable youth have a special place in Shak's World being considered one growing up Shak defeated all odds and created something beautiful.

Patrick Shaw is our Strategy Specialist

Patrick Shaw
Strategy Specialist

Patrick Shaw is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, educator and 23 year City Of Toronto employee. A lover of sports and a community leader, Patrick is committed to leading vulnerable youth, children, student-athletes and young adults to opportunities for success. A passionate equity champion, Patrick founded My Brother and Sister’s Keeper Youth Organization and co-founded Grassroots Elite Basketball, working with solidified brands like Adidas and Nike. Canada does not have a professional league for women, and through Sister’s Keeper, Patrick has been able to create opportunities for Canadian girls ​like 16 year old Shayaenne Day-Wilson who was named ESPN’s 5th rated guard in all of North American high schoolers. Patrick’s work with Sister’s Keeper has been critical in pushing the sport forward for Canadian women and young girls. He is one of the most influential people in Canadian basketball who quietly orchestrates significant connections among players, coaches and administrators within organizations ranging from Canada Basketball, Ontario Basketball Association, National Basketball Association (NBA), Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and various youth developing basketball clubs. Beyond his work helping 200+ student athletes earn scholarships in the NCAA, Patrick serves as a peacemaker where he mentors vulnerable parents, youth and leaders in the communities. Patrick’s long list of accolades and awards are a testament to his love, hard work and determination.

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson
Head Of Research and Development Youth Mentorship

Kevin is the founder of the National Basketball Youth Mentorship Program (NBYMP); a non-profit organization that provides mentorship services to youth across Canada and across the UK. He recently completed a masters degree in physiotherapy while studying in Scotland and completed his undergraduate degree from Brock University (St. Catharines, ON) in the field of Kinesiology. Prior to his studies in the UK and at Brock U., he earned a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Fleming College (Peterborough, ON). Kevin played on the varsity basketball teams at Brock U. and Fleming College and has worked on the training staff for many pro basketball clubs as a trainer / therapist.

Team Members

Meg O'Shea
Brock Cropper
Becky Lisk
Marlon Valentine
Tiara Johnson
Joemar Scott

Community Volunteers

Courtney Lewis
Alberto Lopez
Randy Hernandez
Luigy Hernandez
Sam Tokarz

Youth Mental Health Reality: The Difference We Can Make
Suicide is the first cause of death for youth aged 10 – 24 in Canada after accidents.

Canada has the third highest youth suicide rate in the industrialized world
Males of all ages account for 75% of all suicides

20 – 25% of youth have at least one mental health disorder
Only 1 in 5 youth get mental health treatment
Students with mental health challenges and disabilities are often the victim of bullying

Fifty percent of mental illnesses begin before age 14
The wait for treatment of mental health issues is one year and more