On Thursday evening the Toronto Raptors released their city edition uniforms.
Toronto, we got you.- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 8, 2018
Raptors x @welcomeOVO
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For the third consecutive year, the uniforms will be an OVO collaboration with their Global Ambassador Drake. Drake took to Instagram to promote this year's version of the OVO jerseys featuring the Raptors' new star player Kawhi Leonard:
The Raptors host "Welcome Toronto" nights each season, featuring a Welcome Toronto x OVO-themed court to go with their newest OVO threads.
When are this year's "Welcome Toronto" nights?
This season there will be six "Welcome Toronto" nights:
All times are Eastern.
• Fri. Nov. 23 vs. Washington Wizards - 7:30 p.m.
• Fri. Dec. 21 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 7:00 p.m.
• Fri. Jan 11 vs. Brooklyn Nets - 7:30 p.m.
• Fri. Mar. 1 vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 7:30 p.m.
• Thurs. Mar. 14 vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 8:00 p.m.
• Fri. Mar. 22 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 7:30 p.m.
In 2013, Drake was assigned the title Global Ambassador of the Raptors - since then, the partnership has grown drastically.
The Raptors, Drake and OVO have plans to expand further than just new uniforms and custom courts. In year two of their five-year plan, the Raptors and OVO will contribute two million dollars to Canada Basketball annually.
Starting last year, they also planned to donate one million dollars a year to refurbish local basketball courts in the community.
The Raptors and OVO just recently completed four community courts in Toronto - Flemingdon, Matty Eckler, Thistletown and Malvern - and together with the City of Toronto, they will pick four more courts to be refurbished each year over the next two years.
Per the Raptors website, "the hope is that by investing in basketball infrastructure with easy access in the community, that the Raptors and OVO can help facilitate the growth and expanded inclusivity of the sport in and around the city."
The city edition jerseys will be available for purchase at 12:01 p.m. ET on November 9th.