RE/MAX basketball tournament raises money for Children’s Miracle Network

During this year’s Canadian RE/MAX Activate conference in Vancouver, an inaugural 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was held to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) and its local foundations. 

The tournament occurred on September 26 at Union Basketball in Vancouver, featuring six teams, including one led by Christopher Alexander, President of RE/MAX Canada.

David Lem, Managing Broker of RE/MAX Real Estate (Central) in Calgary, who is an experienced referee with a passion for basketball, generously offered his time to officiate the games. He has a history of refereeing at various levels, including college, high school, and even at the university level.

“I understand about $10,000 was raised by the six teams involved. Each team played a round-robin facing each other team once for a total of five games. Then a championship final was held. The winning team was awarded with the championship trophy and individual Toronto Raptors jerseys,” said Lem.

Team Monstars, out of BC, won the competition. Team members included: Lucas Pugh – RE/MAX of Nanaimo; Luke Bouma – RE/MAX of Nanaimo; Terry Daoust – RE/MAX Camosun; Iain Smith – RE/MAX Camosun; Braden Wheatcroft – RE/MAX Camosun; and Max McKay – In licensing, future RE/MAX of Nanaimo Agent.

“One of highlights of the conference was an appearance by Gary Payton, a NBA Hall-of-Famer who played from 1990-2007 with Seattle, LA Lakers, Boston, and Miami. He spoke on the aspects of leadership roles he assumed during his illustrious career, including how he took a young Kobe Bryant and helped him through some early challenges. Payton related this to how we need to take on the leadership role in our everyday challenges as realtors,” said Lem.

“Payton’s appearance tied in to our brand’s reach across the globe with the sports community as RE/MAX is the official real estate company of the National Basketball Association. RE/MAX is also the official real estate agent of the Toronto Blue Jays, Western Hockey League, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, and Edmonton Oilers.”

The basketball tournament was an idea by John Carter, broker/owner of RE/MAX River City in Edmonton.

“We were hoping for a few teams like three or four teams but to have six teams was beyond my expectation and I thought if we could raise a couple of grand the first year and just get the word out it would grow year over year,” he said. “But we raised over $9,000 in our first one and it felt great. Lots of interest there. And overall the tournament went great.”

He said the goal is to put on the tournament each year.

The RE/MAX Activate Conference in Vancouver gave attendees the opportunity to reconnect with their peers from across the country, while also providing them with the chance to expand their network, hear insights from some of the best in the industry and learn key strategies that will help take their business to the next level.

(Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran of the media industry for more than 40 years and named in 2021 a Top Ten Business Journalist in the world and only Canadian)