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Welcome to KitsFest!!

Thank you to all our partners, sponsors, athletes and YOU - our supporters, for making KitsFest Vancouver's hottest annual sports and healthy lifestyle festival! We've reinvested in community legacy upgrades in projects such as the Kits basketball, Kits tennis court renovations and Kits Beach palm trees. Let's continue to spread our passion for active living and healthy lifestyle and the amazing beauty of West Coast living!

If you wish to support this movement by volunteering or donating please contact us at the following

The Canada One Athletic Foundation (formerly The Metro Vancouver Basketball Foundation: “MVBF”) was founded in the year 2000, initially to launch Vancouver’s premier high school pre-season basketball tournament in December, annually.

We have been very fortunate to be blessed with some exceptional Board and staff members, numerous CDN Olympians / National team members and Hall of Famers and civic leaders serving our organization since inception.

HSBC Bank, Canada, served as title sponsor of The Metro Vancouver HSBC Basketball Classic since inception in the year 2000. The HSBC Basketball Classic became The Telus Basketball Classic in 2010. The Classic enjoyed unprecedented community support, media coverage, participation (over approx. 100 + teams annually) and attendance (virtual ‘sell outs’ on select occaisions at UBC’s War Memorial Gymnasium for our high school basketball Finals).


Our Foundation and this event is unique in many ways, including: instituting that “all players must play in every game” since day one in The HSBC/Telus Basketball Classic, ensuring that all team managers are eligible for all related scholarships. We award no MVP’s – rather, Most Outstanding Citizens are elected.

Our Foundation secured well over one million dollars to support high school sport in B.C., including awarding over eight-hundred-thousand dollars in related scholarships to graduating B.C. high school seniors. Basketball Alberta and The Calgary High School Athletic Association adapted a similar HSBC Classic template and since 2006, have hosted The Calgary Higher Hoops HSBC Basketball Classic, awarding additional post secondary scholarships to Alberta graduating seniors.

In 2005, The BC Boys Basketball Association (BCHSBBA) approached our Foundation to secure the first title sponsor for The B.C. AAA Boys High School Provincial Basketball Championships. From 2006 – 2009, TELUS served as title sponsor of The TELUS-BCHSBBA AAA Boys Provincial Basketball Championships. In 2010, both The B.C. Boys AAA and The B.C. Girls AAA High School Provincial Basketball Championships have been presented by TELUS. In 2013 TELUS announced a seventy-five thousand dollar annual commitment through our Foundation to serve as the presenting sponsor of the B.C. Junior and Senior High School Boys and Girls Provincial Basketball Championships for all tiers (A, AA, AAA, and where applicable AAAA).


In 2007, our Foundation’s Senior V.P. and former National team member, Ron Putzi, and Founding Chairman, two-time Olympian and Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee as Player / Builder Howard Kelsey, donated funding to enable complete upgrades, including (Flexipave) resurfacing to the fabled Kitsilano Beach basketball courts. Looking to continue community contributions, but expand beyond basketball and into other positive community sports – and healthy living endeavors, MVBF was renamed in 2009 to: “The Canada One Athletic Foundation” and launched “Kitsfest” (The Kitsilano Beach summer sports and healthy living festival on Vancouver’s most popular beach, “Kits Beach”: Rated by Forbes magazine as ‘one of the three sexiest beaches in North America’). Kitsfest has enjoyed much success and community acceptance. The “Canada One Foundation” recently contributed to additional Kits Beach upgrades, including resurfacing of the (10) south Kits Beach tennis courts, the second resurfacing of both basketball courts including the installation of professional-grade “glass” backboards and other initiatives envisioned to dovetail with projected City / Park Board upgrades designed to enhance our beloved “Kits Beach”.

The Canada One Athletic Foundation was recognized with a Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce Westside Award of Distinction, as well as Sport B.C.’s President’s Award for outstanding contribution to sports (basketball) in our province.

Our Foundation’s motto is simply: “Under promise, over deliver”. We always look to support sport, kids and deserving coaches, healthy living and active lifestyle initiatives. To quote one of our cherished associates: We simply “give where we live”.


H. Kelsey with Lulu Lemon Founder: Chip Wilson

Chip generously donated funds in support of Canada One’s Kitsfest and Kits Beach upgrades (without solicitation).

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