EP #111: Kavishan Pathmanathan – From Flemingdon Park To Fort Erie, Helping To Create Influential Canadian Prep Basketball Program

Kavishan Pathmanathan (@__kavishan) is the Co-founder and Director of Basketball Operations at Fort Erie International Academy (@feiambb).

He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss hating basketball while growing up because of his brother Deluxshan (@deluxshanp), how he helped start Fort Erie International Academy’s basketball program, his relationship with Leonard Miller (@leonard.m11), signing a three year deal with New Balance (@newbalance), the impact of Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) and the Raptors (@raptors) winning a championship on the Canadian basketball scene, quitting his full-time insurance job in March, the importance of working for free to achieve your goal, and so much more.

Follow Kavishan:
– LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kavishan-pathmanathan-a05a1623b/)
– Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/__kavishan/)

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00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Kavishan Pathmanathan
01:01 – Sibling rivalry and rebellious childhood attitude spurred Kav’s passion for basketball
02:31 – Kav’s parents initially pushed him and his brother towards music
03:02 – Starting Fort Erie International Academy’s basketball program; how it has grown
04:04 – Prioritizing academics to compete with other players in the industry
05:41 – How Canadian basketball has evolved over the past five years
07:34 – The business side of basketball
10:25 – Quitting his full-time insurance job to go all in on basketball
12:25 – Seeing his students (Leonard Miller) get drafted into the NBA; and future prospects
15:51 – The difference in talent between athletes
18:02 – Kav’s journey to becoming a coach
24:13 – Is there a growing number of South Asians and Tamils in basketball?
27:14 – Nav clarifies that he is not a coach; focuses more on recruiting and business
30:30 – How he got a sponsorship deal with New Balance; talking with Nike and Adidas
32:03 – His pitch for attracting talent to Fort Erie
34:27 – Securing a sponsorship deal with ANTA for the first year of the program
37:16 – Kav’s view on social media
39:21 – How he balances his passion and responsibilities
42:16 – Ara butchers another quote
42:38 – A major learning lesson in Kav’s life three years ago
45:13 – Feeling connected to his Tamil identity but not necessarily the community
46:37 – Advice he would give his 16-year-old self
48:10 – The personal legacy he wants to be remembered for by friends and family
49:29 – Creator Confessions
51:51 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan