PHOTOS: GLORY Celebrates Canada Basketball’s Road to the 2019 FIBA World Cup

GLORY’s first live event earlier this week, GLORY X Canada Basketball PRESENT: Road to the World Cup, acted as the official send-off for Canada Basketball’s Senior Men’s Team as they travel to China for this year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.

Taking place at the Thompson Hotel’s renowned Thompson Rooftop for an exclusive invite-only event on August 6th, the evening hosted Team Canada players and staff, including notable guests Canada BasketballPresident & CEO Glen Grunwald, Senior Men’s National Team General Manager Rowan Barrett and head coach of the Toronto Raptors and Team Canada Nick Nurse. Canada’s roster will feature some of the country’s top players, including players from the NBA and several top leagues around the world.

Upon arriving at the Thompson Rooftop, guests were greeted with a Martell Sidecar as a refreshing cool down from the summer heat. With an exclusive Martell bar on the rooftop patio as well as passed cocktails, there was every opportunity to fete the warm summer night while dancing to music provided by Innov8shon.


A basketball arcade game customized by The Local Collective was a hotspot all night with guests lining up to test their hoop skills. Close by, guests could get a tasty keepsake at the edible photobooth, Selffee.

Speeches from publisher David King, Nick Nurse and Rowan Barrett were the highlight of the evening for many, with fans clamouring to get pictures with Nurse, who recently led the Raptors to their first NBA championship. Afterwards, guests captured the night at the Martell photobooth.

Throughout the night, guests sipped on a selection of G.H. Mumm champagne and Peroni Nastro Azzurro beer while others kept themselves caffeinated with a cool can of Miura.