Local high school basketball team rocks Vancouver Grizzlies-inspired jerseys (PHOTOS)

Feb 7 2020, 2:45 pm

The Vancouver Grizzlies’ original teal uniforms haven’t just returned to the NBA this season, they’ve returned to the city they used to call home.

If you catch them on the right day, you might be able to see the King George Dragons high school basketball team rocking a Vancouver Grizzlies-inspired look — one they worked hard to pay for.

“They raised a fair amount of money over the summertime and we were looking to have some fun with it, give the kids an alternate jersey like they do in the NBA that could also connect back with the history of basketball in the city,” said the team’s sponsor teacher, Matthew Sinclair, in a telephone interview with Daily Hive.

All those car washes paid off, as the kids love wearing their new alternate uniforms — even though none of them were born yet when the Grizzlies called Vancouver home.

“They’re really excited about them,” said Sinclair. “They actually want to wear them more than their regular jerseys.”

Also excited about these jerseys are filmmaker Kat Jayme and the Finding Big Country team, who recently visited King George Secondary for their upcoming documentary.

Sinclair and head coach Darko Kulic came up with the idea, hoping to use it as a way to encourage more participation from both players and spectators.

And unlike the Grizzlies’ short tenure in Vancouver, the King George Dragons don’t have a problem in either regard — despite being the smallest high school in the city with only about 500 students.

“We have a pretty good turnout of attendance just in the local community supporting the team, so our bleachers are typically full when we have a game, which is really cool to see… We get generations of grads coming back to watch the games.”

Another difference between these kids and the Vancouver Grizzlies? Success.

King George finished first in their league during the regular season, as a Double A team competing against Triple A teams. They’ve now got their eyes on the Provincials, as the second-ranked Double A team in BC.

 

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