Toronto Raptors Superfan will empower and uplift students in Burlington, Oakville, Milton

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Published April 21, 2022 at 4:19 pm

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Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia, the first fan enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, will be speaking to students in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills next week.

The Halton District School Board is bringing Bhatia to classrooms as part of a virtual learning engagement.

Bhatia will join Kindergarten to Grade 12 classes virtually on Wednesday, April 27, to empower and uplift students through his messages of “strength in diversity” and “uniting the world through basketball”.

This visit comes after students have been engaging in learning about Bhatia’s journey through educational resources and activities developed by staff. The Superfan Nav Bhatia Foundation plans to make this “Superfan Workshop” available to schools across Canada.

Bhatia is the legendary Toronto Raptors fan who has attended almost every home game since the team’s first season in 1995. His journey as a beloved fan, successful business owner and inspirational community builder is told through the recently released CBC documentary Superfan: The Nav Bhatia Story.

“After watching the documentary, the HDSB’s Human Rights & Equity Team knew this was a story meant to live in classrooms and with youth,” said Rob Eatough, Superintendent of Education with responsibility for Equity, Inclusion and Indigenous education.

“Nav’s story provides rich entry points for student learning and connects with the Equity & Inclusion area of focus in the HDSB’s 2020-2024 Multi-Year Strategic Plan”.

With multiple connections to curriculum areas such as language, history, health, civics and more, the Superfan learning offers resources and activities for staff to engage students. In partnership with the Superfan team, these learning resources will now inspire youth across the country as the Superfan Workshop launches nationally.

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