In 2013, Jay Kumar was an ordinary 13 year old boy who had an unrivalled passion for basketball. Midway through his season, Jay started to feel unwell and noticed that something wasn’t quite right. After suffering headaches, dizziness and fatigue, Jay was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumor found at the base of the brain. Nine days after being diagnosed, Jay passed away on Friday, May 9th, 2014. In the days and weeks after his passing, the Kitchener Waterloo community came together with an outpouring of support for Jay and his family and shortly thereafter the Kumar Classic was born. Since the inaugural tournament in 2013, the Kumar Classic has raised more then $20,000 for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. READ MORE
Learn more about Jay Kumar – brother, son, nephew, grandson and teammate to so many. LEARN MORE ABOUT JAY
All proceeds from the tournament go to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to support research to find a cure. Funds also provide patient and survivor support to an estimated 55,000 Canadians living with a brain tumour. READ MORE
3v3 Kumar Classic
Established in 2014, the Kumar Classic has become the premier 3v3 Charity Basketball tournament in Ontario. Over 2,000 players, family and friends come from all across Ontario from as far as London, Owen Sound and Ottawa for a great day of basketball.
Kumar Classic Pickup
Players, family and friends can come together the night before the big day to get some exercise and play pickup old school style.