Place: Hotel Sheraton
Resort and Towers.
(16 team men's open): Former / active Olympic / professional
/ semi-professional and recreational players from Canada,
USA and Mexico. Among other competitions are: (1km, 5km
& 10km) Terry Fox vs. Cancer Run/Walk (aprox. 3,500
persons), Aerobics Marathon, tennis (all levels), (110)
youth soccer teams, Canadian and US Embassy exhibition
slow pitch softball, 100+ participants in disc golf. More
than 2,000 participants in seven sports. Open to the public
to participate or simply enjoy the events. Welcome cocktail
approx. (800) persons: Hosted by Municipality of Vallarta,
Jalisco Secretary of Tourism and the Canadian Consulate.
Background: Last year's 11th Annual Sports
Classic drew more than 1,500 participants, as well as
their friends and families. (This year we anticipate over
2,000 persons). Co-presented by the Canadian Embassy to
celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations with Mexico.
Canadian Ambassador Gaetan Lavertu and Puerto Vallarta
Mayor, Gustavo Gonzalez enjoyed a Vallarta sunset along
with guests at the Sheraton Buganvilias kickoff cocktail.
The five days of competitions included a new children's
basketball division, ages 13 to 16. The men's division
saw lots of NBA stars and International star players,
including Jerome Kersey, Jeff Moore, Berry Randle and
Greg Wiltjer. Ron Putzi, Karl Tillleman, Lars Hansen,
Dan Meagher, Bob Hieltjes, numerous Mexican National team
players and the Univ. of British Columbia to the list
of NBA and international basketball stars that have participated
in our event. Tennis, aerobics, spin bike, soccer, softball
and a 5K marathon rounded out the menu.
Social events nightly: Carlos O'Brian's
and The Zoo club.
Information: Sheraton Buganvilias resort:
(322) 226 04 04 ext. 6038 - Attn: Verónica Alarcón,
LAST YEAR'S EVENT
Michael Grant, Canadian Embassy, Gemma Gariarce, Sheraton
owner, Horacio González, Secretary of Tourism and
Vallarta Tourism Director, Agustín Alvarez.
First place: Team Aga and Second place: Carlos O'Brians
Sheraton Owner Gemma Garciarce, Marcelo Gariarce from
Empresa AGA and State Tourism Secretary, Horacio González
Antonio Reyes and NBA legend and Champion Jerome Kersey.
founder Howard Kelsey, Ray & Bonnie Duford & Claudia
Velásquez, tournament coordinator.
Portland: Youth division champion with Greg Wiltjer, Jerome
Kersey, Howard Kelsey
Part of the festivities, cleaning the courts.
A visit to his favorite seafood spot, Tino's! Former professional
basketball player Greg Wiltjer and Tino's waiter Jesus
Kersey, Zuñiga, Kelsey and UBC coach Kevin Hanson
enjoying the games.
After every game, enjoy the waterfall!