Coach Michael along with his wife Joanna created La-Rose Wellness & Basketball to help KIDS enhance their overall wellness while learning the game of basketball. Children will have FUN working on their Basketball skills by developing their PHYSICAL LITERACY and practising the concepts they learn through games, drills and education sessions. Studies prove children who are physically literate have more confidence to move and will seek out opportunities to be physically active throughout their life.
Our Mission is to Empower Children to be More Active and ensure they have a Positive experience in Sport and Physical Activity so they will continue to be Active For Life.
Michael was raised in Burlington, Ontario with older siblings Garfield, Charlotte, Kevin and youngest brother Roger. Throughout the 70's and 80's the La-Rose Family excelled in Halton sports and were Ontario Champions in Track and Field setting a number of Halton and Provincial records. All have been honoured by the Province and City of Burlington for their track achievements and the recognition they've brought to the city. They all attended the oldest school in Burlington, Central High School and over 30 years later still hold the majority of school track records. Sister Charlotte is inducted in the school's Sports Hall of Fame and is the most decorated athlete in the family. She was a member of the Canadian Junior National Track Team, a stand out at basketball, soccer and was named Burlington’s Female Athlete of the Year. Their father Winston was an Ontario and Canadian Masters Champion in Track and Field at the age of 72. Michael was an Ontario Track Champion at a young age and in High School was Junior Athlete of the Year and the Senior Boys 400m GHAC Champion. His love for basketball grew after briefly playing for the Carleton University Ravens. A few years later playing for the Mohawk Mountaineers he was coached and mentored by Greg Bell a former Pro Player. After his playing days Michael became the Video Coordinator for the McMaster University Men's Basketball team taking them into the digital age, later becoming their Technical Director. He was also the Video Coordinator for the CIS Women’s Basketball Championships and the OUA Men’s Basketball Championships. He is a NCCP coach and has been a Personal/Basketball Trainer for over 20 yrs.
Born in the beautiful small town of Meaford, Ontario Joanna grew up with an appreciation for nature and being active outdoors. Her youth was filled with LOVE from her mom and three siblings Jamie, Matt and Jenna. She was active in peer mentor programs and groups like OSAID (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving) while attending Georgian Bay Secondary School. After completing high school she moved to Brampton after being enticed by a Sheridan College program with the description "To Help Others". She graduated with Honours as a Correctional Worker and was immediately hired full-time. She provides group and individual counselling for At-Risk Youths and other vulnerable members of the community. Joanna has remained at this NonProfit Organization steadfast for almost 20 years. She continues to expand her education and has received her Bachelor of Professional Arts degree in Human Services from Athabasca University. Following her path to wellness she has become a certified Nutritionist through PN Nutrition and an NCCP Coach. As a Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master Level 3 She also brings a Mindful approach to her coaching with a focus on the importance of being Active for Life! Joanna will teach you how to develop a healthier relationship with your nutrition, improve your mental and physical well-being and strengthen your confidence.