EVERYTHING NEGATIVE – IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RISE.
After receiving her first pair of basketball shoes before the age of 1, it was inevitable that Harleen would pursue the game of basketball at a young age. Harleen began playing competitively in Grade 4 with the Grade 8 team at her school. She made her first U-15 Provincial Team in 2003 as a 12-year old and continued representing British Columbia on the U-15 and U-17 teams for the next 4 years. She played in various US tournaments, Western Canada Summer Games and Nationals. Harleen has obtained numerous 1st and 2nd Team All-Stars, Defensive MVP’s, and MVP’s throughout her elementary, high school and university career.
After high school, Harleen traveled down south to the mid-west after receiving a full-ride scholarship to play Div. 1 basketball at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was a part of a team in her second year that went 29-0 in the regular season, won a BIG XII championship and made it to the Sweet-Sixteen of the NCAA tournament.
After playing 3 years at Nebraska, she decided to return home and play at the University of British Columbia. She played 2 years with the T-Birds, and ended her final season with a Canada West Conference title, a Canada West 2nd Team All-Star, and a Bronze medal at Nationals.
Although there were opportunities for Harleen to play professionally, she decided to stay home and fulfill her dreams of becoming a nurse. She currently works at BC Children’s Hospital but also finds joy in seeing young individuals that she has coached fulfill their own dreams and work towards reaching their goals as basketball players. She wants to inspire the next generation of athletes, to coach and empower the youth to be the best versions of themselves, and to help develop each player in becoming the complete athlete.
Manny started off by playing in the YMCA league when he was in Grade 3, and has never looked back. He went on to play at Tamanawis Secondary, where he received numerous All-Stars and MVP’s, and helped the school reach new heights. After his Grade 12 season, he decided to stay and play in the CIS (now known as USports), receiving a full-ride scholarship from the University of the Fraser Valley.
During his 5 year career at UFV, he accumulated 1 Canada West Conference 2nd-team All Star, 242 regular season 3’s (4th All-time in Conference History), and 3 Canada West tournament Final 4 appearances. In his final season at UFV, he finished 1st in Canada in 3’s made (78 in 20 games, which was the 3rd highest single-season total in conference history). He also finished 5th in assists, and 9th in steals. During his playing career, Manny would coach and train younger players whenever he had the chance. He was always focused on playing, but the time he spent coaching kids really helped him understand how passionate he was in seeing young players blossom into well-rounded individuals.
After a heart-breaking playoff loss in his final season, Manny had to decide what he wanted to do next. There were a couple of small Professional offers on the table, but no offer interested him as much as coaching and training. He decided to hang up the shoes, and start XV Training Academy with Harleen Dulay. Their goal is to use their basketball knowledge and experience, to influence up and coming basketball players.