Already a staple of Toronto’s basketball community, Nav Bhatia’s love of the game is going global.
The Toronto Raptors superfan — a season-ticket holder since Day 1 of the franchise — was named the Global Community Ambassador for Canada Basketball Wednesday as they prepare to head to China for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
“My love for basketball and my country, Canada, which has given me everything I have in life, makes supporting and endorsing our men’s and women’s national team programs all that more special to me,” Bhatia said via a team release. “I have only one goal and that is to see our teams on top of the podium with gold medals around their necks, standing proudly for the world to see.”
“Nav is not only a passionate basketball fan but an advocate for the values and benefits the game can have off the court and in the community,” said Canada Basketball president and CEO Glen Grunwald via a release. “Canada Basketball is excited to work with Nav to grow the game of basketball in Canada, while we continue to chase our goals at the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”
Bhatia will be in attendance to cheer on Team Canada in his usual courtside spot at Scotiabank Arena during the squad’s exhibition tilt against Nigeria on Aug. 7. He’ll also travel to support the team during their exhibition game in Winnipeg on Aug. 9, their five-game exhibition tour in Australia, and the 2019 World Cup in China from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15.