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For many years, the YMCA led a youth basketball program that served approximately 300 boys and girls in various elementary schools across the Coquitlam area. However, in November of 1999, the YMCA announced the discontinuation of the program, leaving a void in youth basketball opportunities.

In January 2000, a dedicated group consisting of parents, coaches, players, and volunteers gathered at the Pinetree Community Centre. Their primary aim was to address the pressing need for sustainable youth basketball programs within the community. Collaborating with representatives from Coquitlam Parks and Leisure and Basketball BC, they sought solutions to ensure the longevity and vitality of youth basketball initiatives.

During this meeting, it was revealed that the city already had its own basketball program, catering to around 100 youth in grades 8 to 12. Additionally, a successful Jr Grizzlies program had been operating for two years, serving approximately 50 boys in grades 4 and 5 from the Eagleridge area.

Motivated by their shared concerns, individuals from each group decided to unite and establish a new Non-Profit Society known as the Tri-City Youth Basketball Association (TCYBA). Following a general meeting, the first Board of Directors was formed and began holding regular meetings, receiving continuous assistance and support from the City of Coquitlam and Basketball BC. Initially, TCYBA focused on running the Jr. Grizzlies program and has since transitioned to the JR.NBA program.

Today, TCYBA proudly provides opportunities for players from Kindergarten to grade 12, offering both competitive and recreational divisions. Our programs cater to a thriving community of over 2000 players, and we remain grateful to the past and current members of the TCYBA Board of Directors for their dedicated service and valuable contributions.

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