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New Langley basketball facility remembers top Pitt Meadows coach Rich Goulet

New Langley basketball facility remembers top Pitt Meadows coach Rich Goulet

Panther Hoops Rich Goulet Court

International prep team players unveiled “The Rich Goulet Court” in honour of the late, legendary Pitt Meadows basketball coach at the opening of the new Panther Hoops Basketball Academy facility in Langley. (Keith Daley/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Non-profit Panther Hoops Basketball Society opens NBA-sized court

Full story: Langley Advance TimesJul. 1, 2021 2:00 p.m. / 

A new Langley basketball facility honours the memory of renowned Pitt Meadows basketball coach Rich Goulet.

Panther Hoops Basketball Society unveiled “Rich Goulet Court,” the main, NBA-sized court at the new “Panther Hoops Den” facility, which is located at Unit 100, 9339 200A Street, at the official opening on Saturday, June 26.

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Pandemic forces youth basketball program to take it to the street

Pandemic forces youth basketball program to take it to the street

MARIO BARTEL/THE TRI-CITY NEWS David Mutabzi, right, works with one of his young charges, Skyler Nuestro, at Panther Hoops basketball camp.

 By: Mario Bartel / TriCity News

As some summer youth basketball programs struggle to find a way to operate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Coquitlam’s Panther Hoops is taking it to the streets — or, more specifically, the parking lot — thanks to the collective effort of some volunteer parents.

Shut out of school gyms and community centres that are mostly still closed, and loathe to overstay its welcome at some outdoor facilities like Port Coquitlam’s Evergreen Park, Panther Hoops’ head coach Doug Dowell said the program needed a more permanent solution to make its plans to put on a full schedule of summer camps viable and sustainable.

“The pressure was on us to find a place we could call our own.”

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