The Simon Chiasson Alumni Basketball Tournament (“The Simon”) is one of the largest ALMUNI basketball tournaments in Canada. It reunites high school teammates, coaches, and new friends for a fun and competitive week of basketball. Started in 2012, the tournament continues to grow and attract new players and teams from throughout Atlantic Canada.
The Simon runs over a long weekend in March each year, with over 300 players, competing in five venues in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
A portion of net proceeds from The Simon are donated to
local schools, sports clubs, nonprofits, and charities.
The Simon is dedicated to the memory of the late Simon Chiasson – father, coach, athlete, and respected community leader. Simon taught and coached junior high and high school boys and girls in the Antigonish, Northside, and Victoria Country School Districts. In the early 1970s, he organized Cape Breton’s first mini-basketball program, based out of Sydney Mines. Around the same time, he started Cape Breton’s first basketball camps. The week-long camps were open to players of all ages, and camp counselors featured Cape Breton’s best players and coaches and also some of Nova Scotia’s best university coaches and players. The teams Simon coached won several Cape Breton and Nova Scotia titles; however, his proudest moments were seeing children from the community learn, compete, and gain confidence, while building lasting friendships through the sport he loved so much.
The Simon Chiasson Alumni Basketball Tournament builds on Simon’s legacy by providing another avenue for past and current players and coaches from the region to compete, rekindle friendships, make new ones and continue to grow the sport.