Raptors 905 announced Monday that Courtney M. Charles has been named Vice President, Basketball and Franchise Operations. He will oversee business operations, basketball affairs and long-term strategic planning for the NBA G League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors.
A Toronto native, Charles brings over 15 years of NBA experience to his new role in Mississauga. He began his career in the Raptors front office in 2006, starting as an intern, and has held a variety of roles that helped him build a strong reputation for understanding the needs of the team. For the past five seasons, Charles has served as Director, Basketball Operations and Player Development focusing on player on-boarding, financial planning, team marketing, community initiatives and sponsorships. The hallmarks of his success were his ability to build meaningful relationships with players and develop programs that provided them with resources to maximize their time in the NBA and prepare for life after basketball.
“Courtney is really excellent at so many things, but I very much admire his commitment to making the people around him better. He lifts them up,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said. “He has demonstrated that time and again in his role as the player development director with the Raptors. Now he will be developing an entire franchise with Raptors 905 and we’re lucky to have his vision, his business acumen, and especially his leadership.”
“The growth of the game in Canada has always been top of mind,” Charles said. “I’ve been fortunate to work around some of the best basketball minds at the highest level and welcome the opportunity to apply what I have learned in the community I call home.”
Charles holds a master’s degree in Science (Health and Physical Education) from Marshall University and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Management at Lewis University. While at Lewis, Charles was an NCAA All American athlete in track & field. He has bridged his previous work in retail/hospitality management with his role in basketball exemplifying the value of teamwork and understanding that no job is too small.
Beyond his work, Charles has a passion for inspiring and educating youth through sports, creating spaces for them to grow and become critical thinkers. A father of two young sons, Charles and his family are looking forward to building a connection with the City of Mississauga and Raptors 905 fans.