About Zor Sports

ZOR Basketball was founded on the pillar of ‘effort’ – a direct translation of the Punjabi term 'Zor'. Our slogan is 'Effort Eliminates Doubt,' as we believe (and studies show) physical and cognitive effort builds self-esteem and confidence. The more effort you invest into your craft and prepare yourself for future situations, the less likely you are to give up or fail. A simple, effective, and proven approach to making aspirations turn into reality.

Our History


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

The founder of this organization is Manny Sahota, 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). It was his goal after graduating to create a premier basketball academy 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 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.

Meet the ZOR Team

Manvinder Sahota

Founder

- CPR-C & Standard First Aid

- NCCP Level 1 & 2

- Canada Basketball Certified Coach


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.

Harvinder Dhillon

Executive Director

- CPR-C & Standard First Aid

- NCCP Level 1


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."

Harraj Kahlon

Rep/Youth League Coach

- CPR-B & Standard First Aid

- NCCP Level 1


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.

Tony Deans

Youth League Coach


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Sam Bhachu

Youth League Coach

- CPR-C & Standard First Aid

- NCCP Learn to Train Certified


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.

Nitiraj Jadeja

Youth League Coach


Nitiraj grew up in Aurora, Ontario and has had a strong passion for basketball and coaching since he entered high school. While attending high school, he competed on the junior and varsity teams but also went back to his elementary school to give back and serve as a Coach. While at ZOR, Nitiraj hopes to do the same through this platform of teaching younger generations how to play the sport that he grew up on.

Currently, Nitiraj is a 3rd year Business Management student at Ryerson Univ. (Toronto, ON) and is majoring in Entrepeneurship & Strategy. He also volunteers for an NGO dedicated to Indigenous women and children located in Downtown Toronto.

Abbas Shah

Jr. NBA Program Instructor

- CPR-C & Standard First Aid

- Bilingual (French)


Abbas grew up in Etobicoke, Ontario and eventually moved to Brampton where he currently resides. He has had plenty of experience playing various sports growing up including football, softball, badminton, but it was basketball that he gravitated towards the most. His experiences being around the game have greatly benefited his own personal development but also his ability to deliver sports programs at the youth level. Abbas is able to distil his experiences into future generations and help young athletes along their journeys.

Sefton Barret

Head Trainer

- CPR-C & Standard First Aid

- NCCP Level 1

- Certified Personal Trainer


Sefton is a 12 year professional basketball player with immense passion and respect for the game. He's competed internationally in several countries including: Poland, Germany, Hungry, Finland, France, Iceland, and Canada. He also has an extensive background in coaching and teaching basketball at the grassroots level. While Sefton has proven his ability to build better basketball players, he believes the main focus of training should be on character building and the self - "As your game gets better, so should you."

Tavaughan Plummer

Strength Coach

- Certified First Aid CPR/AED and HCP


Coach T as we call him grew up in Brampton, Ont. and has been working in the fitness field for the professional years of his life. With experience training small and large groups at various levels, Coach T does a great job getting our guys into shape and performing at their best.

Jon Munyakazi

Jr. NBA Program Instructor

- CPR-C & Standard First Aid

- NCCP Learn to Train Certified


Born in England, moved to Canada at the age of 2 years old. Started playing organized basketball at the age of 8. Hobbies include watching basketball games, reading, skateboarding, editing video and creating content.

One of the experiences that’s benefitted me during my time as an instructor with ZOR is the experience I acquired helping with the University of Guelph Men’s basketball coaching staff. It taught me patience, professionalism and learned a lot about managing people/personalities. I also learned a lot about how to develop athletes in the sense of what drills will help with what skill.