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University of Ottawa ready to host JUNO hoops celebrity basketball game

Wednesday March 28, 2012

Ottawa — This Thursday the University of Ottawa will be hosting the second annual JUNO Hoops celebrity basketball game, as part of the Juno Week celebrations. The game will be held at Montpetit Hall, 125 University St, at 7:30 p.m.


Two teams of acclaimed Canadian musicians, local celebrities and Gee-Gee athletes will tip off and throw down for the Juno Hoops trophy. The game will be played between two teams, Team Bounce and Team Groove.

Etalk’s co-anchor Tanya Kim will assist Andy Sparks as an honorary guest coach on Team Bounce. Tanya is one of Canada’s most familiar television personalities. Paired with James Derouin on Team Groove will be honorary guest coach Kristen Ray of the Dr. James Naismith Basketball Foundation.

Highlighted in the game are Gee-Gees basketball stars Johnny Berhanemeskel, Michael L'Africain and Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue of the men’s basketball program. Kellie Ring and Jenna Gilbert will be representing the CIS bronze medal-winning women’s basketball team.

Also taking part in the event are two Gee-Gee alumni, including Moriah Trowell. Trowell is a former two-time OUA All-Star, member of Canadian Junior National Team and is now an assistant coach with Gee-Gees women’s basketball team. The other alumni is former team captain and five-year starter with the Gee-Gees, Kristen Moyle.

Other scheduled activities for this event include a girls’ U15 youth pre-game matchup between the Gloucester Wolverines and the Cornwall Mazda Lions. Fans will also be able to watch a slam dunk contest at halftime of the celebrity game. Participants include 6’11 center Shamus Ferguson of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. Also participating are two players from Gloucester Wolverines U19 basketball team, Jackson-Munroe and Jany Ondongo.


Juno Hoops, presented by GoodLife Fitness, is a celebrity basketball game in support of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity.


Celebrity Players

JRDN – Juno Awards R&B/Soul and Best New Artist nominee, former star player with St. Francis Xavier University
Ray Robinson – R&B star and former Juno Award R&B/Soul nominee
Jason Simmons – Juno Awards Best Children’s nominee
Stuntman Stu – Majic 100 morning show host,  Ottawa Senators PA announcer
DJ Paq – The New Hot 89.9 FM
DJ T-Dot – The New Hot 89.9 FM
jDiggz – rapper/producer
Stephan ‘Steph J’ James – rapper/actor
Keysha Freshh  – rapper/artist
Jon Bartlett – Kelp Records


uOttawa Gee-Gees players

Johnny Berhanemeskel – 6-foot-2 inch guard,  First Team OUA East All-Star
Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue – 6-foot-6 inch bruising power forward
Michael L'Africain – 6-foot-1 inch point guard, CIS All-Rookie Team, OUA East Rookie of the Year
Kellie Ring - CIS All-Rookie Team, OUA East Rookie of the Year and member of Canada’s U19 women’s team
Jenna Gilbert – 6-foot forward, Second Team OUA East All-Star