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December 12, 2023

DIRECTOR SPOTLIGHT: SHAK EDWARDS

Shak Edwards holds 15+ years of experience in the basketball world at various levels from OBA (Ontario Basketball Association) to OCAA (Ontario College Athletic Association), and they were proven to be some of the most impactful years of her life.  

Shak sees sports as a catalyst for personal growth, an opportunity for participants of any skill level to strengthen themselves mentally, emotionally and physically. 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. Shak's World was founded on the idea that a sports organization can deliver both athletic AND community development at every age and ability as well as 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. Through basketball and community engagement, Shak and her team believe in creating safe spaces within communities for the at-risk and marginalized groups.

Since being established in 2015, Shak's World has been known for an unparalleled commitment to community involvement and youth engagement. It’s this standard of excellence that has provided the impetus for us to grow into the business we are today. Shak’s World offers a variety of community based activities to empower youth across Simcoe County and beyond.

Our goal is to encourage and uplift youth, to build resiliency through togetherness. We see sports as a catalyst for personal growth, an opportunity for participants of any skill level to strengthen themselves mentally, emotionally and physically. We believe in building respectful community connections. We empower our youth to stay humble and kind.