Chilliwack hoops fans can take in high-level basketball tonight (Oct. 7) without leaving town.
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s b-ball team is playing a game at Sardis secondary, taking on Langara University.
Tip off for the preseason game is at 7 p.m.
It’s a homecoming for Matthias Klim, a G.W. Graham graduate from the class of 2020 and member of that school’s first-ever provincial champion team from the same year. Beginning his first university season, Klim’s Cascades were supposed to host Capilano U at G.W. Graham last week, but the match was cancelled due to escalating COVID cases.
“Honestly, it’s pretty exciting to be back. The basketball community in Chilliwack is super strong,” he said. “I’m expecting people to come out to the game and be loud, just like they were when I played in high school. It’s going to be exciting to see people I haven’t seen in a while at the game, and we’re looking forward to putting on a show.”
Spectators will need to show a vaccine passport for tonight’s game.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18.
In the lead-up to tonight’s game, a training session for local youth will be led by UFV coaches and players, starting at 4 p.m. in the Sardis gym.
“Many Chilliwack youth players do not even realize some of the best players in Canada are just 20 minutes down the road in Abbotsford,” said Graves, former UFV player and assistant coach, and now head coach of the Sardis secondary senior boys. “To have it in a Chilliwack gym is priceless to help grow the passion and love of the game, which as a coach is the starting point to building great players.”