Zor Sports and Basketball in Brampton

ZOR is a youth development organization that focuses on teaching leadership, teamwork, and discipline. Our basketball leagues, camps, development programs, and training packages range in level of instruction and cater to individuals, small groups, and large groups.

The founder of Zor is Manny Sahota. Manny is a Brampton, Ontario native and former student-athlete of d'Youville Secondary School (3X ROPSSAA Champion), Cornell University (NCAA D1), and the University of Toronto (USports).His goal after graduating from university was to create a premier basketball academy in Brampton where kids could come to fall in love with the game and develop their skills and understanding throughout their development years. ZOR is the product of passion combined with positive aspects of training, competition, and sport.

With a 'player-focused' coaching style and ability to build rapport with younger generations, ZOR's team of basketball coaches and trainers provide a positive atmosphere where students come not only to learn the game, but also find pleasure in this process. Our directors understand the importance of life beyond basketball and incorporate character building as well other critical developmental activities into ZOR programming. Ultimately, while basketball development is the priority, our programs are designed with the intention of inspiring and empowering our community's youth to excel in areas that are appealing to them; whether that be sport or a school subject they may have an affinity towards.

Founders Manny and Harvinder coaching basketball in Brampton at a basketball camp

ZOR Values

Discipline

Discipline cultivates a young student-athlete’s character and contributes to creating a strong mindset so they are able to achieve success in sport as well as other areas of life. Developing discipline from an early age will determine how one approaches their academic and athletic responsibilities. This trait will be embedded into the DNA of our students through focus, preparation, and attention to detail.

Teamwork

Teamwork teaches a young student-athlete how to work cooperatively with others while focusing on common goals. Being able to collaborate with others will be a valuable skill fostering immediate and long term success. Everyone will have to work on a team at some point.

Accountability

Being held accountable by others and more importantly by yourself, sets a standard of excellence and creates a sense of responsibility for how to behave on the court and in day-to-day life. Being held accountable by coaches, trainers, and peers to do what is right will eventually translate over into self-accountability.

Perseverance

Perseverance helps a young student-athlete learn how to overcome challenges in sport and life by learning to overcome mistakes and setbacks. Through facing adversity and challenges in a controlled environment, our students will become equipped with the tools to overcome obstacles that life throws at them.

ZOR Coaches

Manvinder Sahota

Manny is a Brampton, Ont. native who has been playing basketball competitively since middle school. He attended St. Marguerite d’Youville while playing on the reputable Nike CIA/Bounce club team which has featured star athletes including Tristan Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray and many more.

Mannny attended Cornell University (NCAA) of the Ivy League in Ithaca, New York on a full scholarship and finished his university career as a 3 year captain at the University of Toronto. Having competed at a high level and played the sport his entire life, Manny is excited to develop upcoming basketball players and help kids maximize their potential through ZOR.

Coach Manny playing basketball at University of Toronto

Harvinder Dhillon

Harvinder Dhillon is currently completing a BSc at York University, double majoring in Kinesiology and Health Science & Mathematics for Education. Growing up in Brampton, Ontario, he began playing basketball and studying the gameplay of his favourite players from a very young age. He has been volunteering and coaching high school students since the beginning of his undergraduate degree. After completing his BSc, Harvinder wishes to pursue a bachelor's of education in order to become a secondary school teacher.

"There is no greater satisfaction than seeing character growth in students that you have mentored. Knowing how much teachers have moulded me into the person I am today, I want to have that same influence for future generations. Through basketball I do not only want to see the growth of players on the court but growth in their character and personality in order to prepare them for their future goals and aspirations."

Picutre of Coach Harvinder Dhillon for Zor Sports

Harraj Kahlon

Born and raised in Brampton. Basketball has been Harraj's favourite sport growing up and he tried emulating his favourite players anytime he stepped on the court. Harraj went on to play high school football and was a consistent honour roll student having won awards for outstanding academic achievement in different subject areas (e.g. math, French, chemistry). His commitment to discipline allowed him to be successful in both athletics and academics.

Currently, Harraj is working towards becoming a Police Officer so that he can positively influence the community. Through ZOR, I influence the kids to not only be good basketball players, but I teach them how to be disciplined and manage themselves on and off the court so they can excel in all facets of their lives.

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Priyanka Mehla

I was born in India but moved to Canada quite young and have lived in Oakville, Ontario ever since. I began my basketball career on a whim in grade school. All the guys were playing, and it looked like a fun sport. Little did I know, this sport would become an integral part of my life. Playing for my Elementary school team and winning my first Championship is what kickstarted my basketball career. I attended Garth Webb Secondary School and became the starting point guard on its first ever female basketball team. After reaching the Halton Finals in my freshman year and experiencing a devastating loss, the team re-appeared and won Halton Championships in my sophomore year. During High School, I also played for Oakville Venom and participated in various local, US and AAU Tournaments. After high school, I attended the University of Toronto Mississauga and was selected to be part of the inaugural Women’s Varsity team, where we competed in both the Eastern and Western Divisions. As a brand-new program, we made it to qualifiers and quarterfinals, respectively, on two occasions but were unable to proceed further.

Basketball is a sport I wholeheartedly love playing and being a student of. So, deciding to coach, transitioning from student to teacher, was after much contemplation. The first reason being the lack of South Asian female representation I saw whilst my time playing in the GTA. I want male and female athletes to feel comfortable and connect with their coaches, see someone who looks like them and know they can excel at this sport. The second reason, I wanted to pay tribute to all my previous coaches, take their lessons, tricks, wisdom and teach it to the future generation of basketball. Thirdly, I want young athletes to understand the emotional, mental and physical relationship one develops with a sport. And lastly, BECAUSE ITS FUN! At the end of the day if my athletes go home with a smile or a lesson, I have done my job as a coach.

Picture of Coach Priyanka Mehla for Zor Sports

Sam Bhachu

Sam Bhachu is currently coaching with ZOR in both the NCAA and NBA programs. Sam grew up in Mississauga/Oakville where he played basketball at the rep level for clubs in both cities. Basketball has always been a prominent part Sam's life which is why he chose to combine his educational background in business with his passion for the game by pursuing a career in the professional sports industry. Sam recently completed a year-long fellowship with the Toronto Raptors during the 2017-18 season as the inaugural winner of the Wayne Embry Fellowship program where he gained first-hand experience in all areas of the Raptors basketball operations (player development, scouting, public relations, coaching, team travel, G-league operations, and more). Sam is also involved with the NBA's Basketball Without Borders Camp which hosts the top international high school prospects around the world each year. Sam is a strong believer in using basketball as a learning tool for success in all areas of life, both on and off the court.

Picture of Coach Sam Bhachu for Zor Sports