The FOUNDATION has been laid with the launch of year-round Girls Elite Basketball Clinics, in November 2020. We have had the privilege of hosting some of the top coaches and players from the Canadian Women’s Game, to provide mentorship and skill development. A special thank you to Jessica Roque (University of Waterloo), Tamara Tatham (2x Olympian), Wumi Agunbiade (Hoopers Loop), Christa Eniojukan (Ontario Tech University), and Carly Clarke (Ryerson University) for coming to share their knowledge and instruction with this dedicated group of young athletes.
ORANGEVILLE PREP WBB will be much more than basketball, it will be the ultimate preparatory program, helping young women not only master their confidence on the court but also in the classroom and in the boardroom. The Orangeville Prep Women’s Advisory Board will provide direction and guidance to the program as well as mentorship to athletes — Women Leading Women. The Advisory Board will play an influential role in the development of these young women who aspire to utilize basketball to further their post-secondary goals and ultimately lead them to incredible and fulfilling professional careers, whether they be in basketball or not.
On March 23rd, 2021, Orangeville Prep announced three founding members of the Women's Advisory Board. Connie Amartey, Jessica Kemp, and Dakota Whyte bring a wide-ranging wealth of knowledge and experience in academics, business and athletics.
CONNIE AMARTEY has been an event marketing and branding specialist for 20 years, working with notable luxury automotive brands, corporations and startups. From curating world class golf tournaments to galas early on in her career, Connie noticed the lack of BIPOC representation in the event and marketing space and decided to create her own pathway to success. Her sister Carol Hamilton Goodale, was a huge influence in her life and still is her source of inspiration. She was a pioneer in Canadian Basketball history, playing for the Canadian National team for many years, professionally overseas, and was the first Canadian drafted in the WNBA. Carol taught Connie to "never give up, never give in!" which is the philosophy she lives by that inspired her to create a not-for-profit organization called Collective Society 360. Through this organization, Connie utilizes her networks and allies to foster a safe space and learning environment for marginalized youth. Youth are provided an opportunity to discover their inner passions with hands-on mentorship and training programs, without any barriers or associated biases. Collective Society 360 also focuses on women empowerment and has started a branch called LeadHer TeacHer focusing on entrepreneurial growth and self-empowerment for women.
JESSICA KEMP grew up playing club basketball with Niagara Rangers and for Team Ontario in the summers. She received a full Division I scholarship to Niagara University, where she obtained her MBA and started in every game since freshman year. Jessica was inducted into the City of Niagara Falls Hall of Fame, the A.N. Myer Secondary School Hall of Fame, The Niagara University Hall of Fame, and most recently was recognized at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springville, MA. 11 years ago, Jessica founded Kemp Financial Group Inc. and currently serves as President. Alongside her brother, Michael Kemp, she runs a team of five and helps families build and transition their wealth down to the next generation.
DAKOTA WHYTE is a Retail Brand Manager at Nike, who is currently pursuing an MBA at Ryerson University. Dakota played professional women’s basketball in Europe and was a 7-year Canadian National Team Member. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin on a Division I basketball scholarship. Dakota has an extreme passion for community and serving marginalized groups.
New Girls Elite programming will be a cornerstone in the overall development of our Athlete Pathway. Annual Player ID Events will allow athletes and parents into the facility for a practice, tour, and program presentation. This allows the coaching staff, the athlete, and the parents a chance to see if ORANGEVILLE PREP WBB is the right fit for everyone involved. Girls weekend camps, overnight summer camps, and Regional Youth Academy will offer the highest levels of coaching beginning at a young age and will aid in developing the Orangeville Prep Women of the future.
New Girls Elite programming has been announced, with four additional Girls Elite Clinics beginning in April, and a girls-only week of Summer Academy Camp, July 19-23.
To be the best means working with the best and Orangeville Prep is continuously seeking and developing partnerships with the best and brightest in basketball, business, brands, non-profits and facilities to continue providing the greatest opportunity and development for our youth basketball athletes. If your organization is strongly aligned with the values and goals of Orangeville Prep, we want to hear from you.
Director of Athletics, Athlete Institute
Team selection will run April-June 2022, with the inaugural ORANGEVILLE PREP WBB season beginning September 2022. The 10-month program, concluding in June, consists of daily practice, strength & conditioning, academic support, additional Athlete Services (mentorship and wellness), and a highly competitive game schedule. ORANGEVILLE PREP WBB will apply to compete in Canada’s most competitive high school prep league, the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (View OSBA Women’s Alumni) and in additional weekend tournaments in Canada and USA.
If you are interested in joining ORANGEVILLE PREP WBB in the future, please fill out our Prospective Athlete Questionnaire.