Title: What the new VP of culture and inclusion means for Raptors, 905 and Toronto
Date: July 20, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors hiring a vice president of culture and inclusion, what that means for the organization, and what the Raptors 905 and player development fallout are.
The potential to make an impact in his community was one of the first things that piqued John Wiggins’ interest when Courtney Charles first approached him about working with Raptors 905 in 2015.
At the time, Wiggins was running the Mississauga Power of the National Basketball League of Canada. The Raptors were looking to install a D-League team at Hershey Centre (now a G League team at Paramount Fine Foods Centre), and that transition could be easier if they absorbed some of the Power’s infrastructure. A few years prior, Charles had suggested Wiggins to Power owner Henry Chow, and he was happy for the chance to bring Wiggins on board with the 905 in a basketball operations capacity.
“The Raps came and said, ‘We wouldn’t mind running our G League team out of here,’ and somewhere I got written into the fine print,” Wiggins said.