“Pete” Petersen Basketball League
In 1954 four teams and 40 players under the guidance of Donald “Pete” Petersen started a tradition that grows stronger every year. The league that started out as the st. John’s Parish Basketball League soon became known as the Knights of Columbus Basketball League, a name that it had until the 2015-16 season when the name was changed to what it is today. The current name change was done to honour and respect the memory of the league founder Don “Pete” Petersen, and the legacy that he had as a result of his selfless commitment to the children of the community. The league started play at St. Patrick’s School, and now includes Ecole Cathedrale as a site, with 38 teams, 5 divisions, and over 500 participants annually. Our league motto is “just for the fun of it” with no standings being kept and no playoffs but with every night featuring the competitive spirit of sport. A core of volunteers keep the league flourishing and participation is invited at registration or by seeing one of the convenors at St. Patrick’s School during the league season which runs from September to the end of February.
Purpose of the League
The purpose of the league is to provide the opportunity for any person, between the ages of 8-14, to learn the skills, sportsmanship, and above all, the fun that basketball can be. The league is to promote, govern, and develop the game for these young people.
More Than A Slogan
The motto Just For The Fun of It is more than just a saying. The league is about having fun and learning the game of basketball. The importance of winning comes second to the importance of enjoying the game. This league is unlike any other in it’s determination to ensure every individual player is having fun and learning the fundamentals of basketball in a safe environment.