RELEASE DATE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2ND, 2014
RAUTINS-HOUSE BASKETBALL SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE 25TH SUMMER
Region’s largest basketball school has impacted over 10,000 players in their impressive run
OTTAWA, ON – April 2, 2014 - Ottawa’s premier basketball school is reaching a special milestone heading into this upcoming summer. The Rautins-House Basketball School has long been the area’s signature camp and is proud to be celebrating their “Silver Anniversary”. Twenty-four summers ago friends Leo Rautins and Tony House opened the gym doors at St. Pius X and attracted over 200 players in their inaugural year. The idea came about sitting around a dining room table as House’s parent’s home when father George suggested the need for a high-level camp in the Ottawa area. Both Rautins and House had always envisioned starting a camp that would really develop talent and the two worked tirelessly on the plan to launch something special, “We knew there was a definite need for an American style camp, and over the years we’ve probably worked with almost every top player that came out of Ottawa” Rautins explains. Leo who grew up in Toronto wished there was a camp like this growing up, basically working on his game in the laneway or searching out “pick-up” games to hone his skills. Rautins who ended up starring at Syracuse University was also the first Canadian to be drafted in the first round of the NBA. It was Rautins who was seen as a pioneer and role-model for many Canadians growing up like Steve Nash, and now many others have exploded onto the scene such as Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett, Tyler Ennis and Andrew Wiggins. Rautins who also coached the Senior Men’s National team for seven years definitely knows all about working with talent, and adds, “at all levels you really need the balance between teaching fundamentals and allowing them to implement these skills in game situations.”
The popular school and their unique model quickly franchised out and expanded into Toronto, London pockets of Ontario as well as venturing out west to Regina, Saskatchewan for a number of years. The schools are now only offered in Ottawa and set to run July 7-11 (Holy Trinity Kanata) and August 11-15 (Mother Teresa Barrhaven) (Sacred Heart Stittsville). Tony House who has been heavily involved in the Ottawa basketball community credits the outstanding local coaching pool for their success. “We’re very fortunate to have some amazing basketball people around, coaches who are genuinely committed to working with both the recreational and elite players.” House who gives up his own time coaching two teams (Sacred Heart HS / OYBA U15), has also coordinated the boys HS All-Star games for over 17 years feels the talent in Ottawa is as good as anywhere else in the country, “we have a number of young men and women going on to play at the next level and we’re going to keep producing great players and people.” The Rautins-House name has been synonymous with excellence and will continue to build on its success. Both Leo and Tony are working on some special plans to feature speakers and host a special alumni event to commemorate the 25 years of conducting camps.
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Ottawa Catholic School Board Continuing Education