2024 CELEBRITY GUEST An Evening with basketball superstar Steve Nash

Stephen Nash was born on February 7, 1974, in Johannesburg, South Africa. After two years the Nash family immigrated to Victoria, BC to avoid raising their children amidst apartheid.

In 1992, Steve moved to Santa Clara University on the only basketball scholarship offered him. After leading the Broncos to three NCAA Tourney berths, he graduated with a BA in Sociology, and was drafted 15th overall to the Phoenix Suns in the 1996 NBA Draft.

After two years Steve was traded to the Dallas Mavericks where his style of play matured into All-Star status. He found his niche in the NBA and played internationally for Team Canada, including a 7th place finish at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

After success with the Mavericks, Steve went to the Phoenix Suns and in 2012, moved to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal, where he donned the #10 jersey for the first time. After a playing career spanning 18 seasons, and two NBA MVP Awards, the 8-time All-Star announced his retirement from the NBA on March 21, 2015. His jersey was retired by the Phoenix Suns as he entered the Suns Ring of Honor, and in 2018, Steve was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

He created “Give and Go” to offer free basketball sessions to kids and served as the General Manager for Canada Basketball’s Men’s National Team. In his return to the NBA as a player development consultant for the Golden State Warriors, Steve won his first NBA Championship ring in 2017, and, in 2020, he joined the Brooklyn Nets as Head Coach for two seasons.

Off the court, Steve is an engaged investor, including ownership stakes in the Vancouver Whitecaps and Real Mallorca Football Clubs, and movement training app, BLOCK, and can be found creating content for television and film with his production company, Control Media. His first off-court shoe – a menswear standout with LA-based Wolf & Shepherd – named the Crossover , launched in autumn of 2019, with proceeds supporting the work of the Steve Nash Foundation.

Steve is President and Founder of the Steve Nash Foundation. Dedicated to assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life, the Steve Nash Foundation provides critical needs health and education resources with a focus on local and national strategic initiatives. Steve has been named to the Order of BC, the Order of Canada, and received numerous awards, including the St. Boniface Foundation International Award, and an honorary degree at the University of Victoria for his humanitarianism.

Steve and his family live in Manhattan Beach, California.

Celebrity MC

James Duthie

James Duthie is the popular host of TSN’s extensive and award-winning hockey coverage. He also contributes to key CFL ON TSN events, including the playoffs and Grey Cup as well as The Masters and the Super Bowl.

Duthie’s entertaining and sharp-witted style continues to make him a fan favourite across Canada and one of the most-followed media personalities on Twitter.

His natural charisma and extensive history in sports broadcasting allow him to gain exclusive interviews with some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment.

Duthie’s work has earned him multiple awards including three Geminis, a Canadian Screen Award, and the Excellence in Sports Broadcasting award from Sports Media Canada.

26 Years of the Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner

2023 – John McEnroe

2022 – Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, and Thurman Thomas

2021 – Jack Nicklaus

2019 – Barry Sanders

2018 – Jerome “the Bus” Bettis

2017 – Jerry Rice

2016 – Jim Kelly

2015 – Emmitt Smith

2014 – Mark Messier

2013 – Pete Rose

2012 – Bo Jackson

2011 – Joe Montana

2010 – Dan Marino

2009 – John Elway

2008  – A Tribute to Canadian Hockey Legends:

  • Wayne Cashman
  • Dale Hawerchuk
  • Glenn Anderson
  • Billy Smith
  • Paul Henderson
  • Darryl Sittler
  • Peter Mahovlich
  • Steve Shutt
  • Yvan Cournoyer
  • Brad Park

2007 – 15 Years of Ottawa Senators Hockey:

  • Jean Beliveau
  • Chris Nilan
  • Steve Shutt,
  • Rick Middleton
  • Terry O’Reilly
  • Bryan Trottier
  • Henri Richard
  • Rejean Houle
  • Billy Smith

2006 –  Legends of Hockey:

  • Guy Lafleur
  • Yvan Cournoyer
  • Brad Park
  • Dale Hawerchuk
  • Rejean Houle
  • Peter Mahovlich
  • Gerry Cheevers

2005 –  Bobby and Dennis Hull

2004 –  Marv Levy

2003 –  The Coaches Panel:

  • Jacques Martin
  • Brian Kilrea
  • Joe Paopao

2002 –  Roger Neilson

2001 –  Walter Gretzky

2000 –  Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

1999 –  Dick Irvin

1998 –  Ron MacLean