Founder of the ETBA
Cleveland Clunis is the Founder of the ETBA, a non-profit organization serving all children and youth since 1999. His extensive experience and numerous credentials have been the key behind the organization’s continued success. Cleveland studied Political Science at York University and was a member of the institution’s Varsity Football Program. Mr. Clunis is also a certified Level Two Basketball Coach with over 20 years of experience on the sideline. His contributions and sacrifices have positively impacted youth in communities such as Regent Park, Jane and Finch, Galloway, Scarborough Village and Malvern to name a few. Under his leadership and guidance, many aspiring athletes have accomplished their dreams of attaining an athletic scholarship and post-secondary education. Mr. Clunis has received several awards and recognition for his community service and he still continues to serve as a mentor to many young men and women across the Toronto area.
Michael Opoku has been a member of the ETBA as a player, basketball coach, organization administrator, and director. As a member of the Major Bantam U14 basketball team, Michael helped guide the team to tournament victories and an opportunity to compete for the provincial OBA top division championship. Michael is a certified Level One basketball coach in the province of Ontario and helps out with the Boys and Girls basketball teams in the Jane & Finch area; a community Michael grew up in. He is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the organization’s website and contributes to procuring donations to help fund the organization’s operating costs. Michael has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and is currently a Software Developer at Ernst & Young, but has aspirations of potentially pursuing a Bachelor of Education and becoming a teacher in the Toronto area. Michael’s experience on and off the basketball court has proven to be invaluable and we are glad to have him as part of the ETBA family.
Phillip Jackson has been affiliated with the ETBA since 2000, when he was a member of the organization’s Major Bantam U14 basketball team. After a ten-year absence he passionately returned to the ETBA as a coach and is a key component to the emergence of the organization’s Jane & Finch faction. Phillip is a certified Level One Basketball Coach in the Province of Ontario and presently coaches two teams. A boys’ U14 and a girls’ U15 team. He also coaches community teams under the name Jenesis. Phillip was raised in the Jane & Finch area, where he developed a passion for being involved in the community. He is a member of Living Beyond Adversity (formally the Lane Basketball Association) and actively provides mentorship and guidance for the youth that are part of the program. His community involvement has inspired him to pursue a post-secondary education at Seneca College where he was the first ever recipient of the Loretta Yaskiel Second Chance Endowed Award. Phillip has also developed an interest in pursuing a Bachelor of Education and becoming a teacher in the Toronto area. He accredits his involvement with youth as his inspiration for wanting to pursue a career in Education.