In honour of Lunar New Year, some unique shirts are being released, throwing back to the days of yore.
Yore, in this case, being the era during which the Vancouver Grizzlies took to the court at GM Place.
The Canadian Chinese Youth Athletic Association (CCYAA) has partnered with the Chinatown Storytelling Centre to sell four shirts, all featuring a version of the Vancouver Grizzlies logo called Boba Grizz.
But this time, it's got bubble tea (and Chinese lettering).
The Grizzlies, who played in Vancouver from 1995 to 2001, connected with the large, local Chinese community, notes CCYAA president Clement Chu.
"This collection celebrates the special bond between the Vancouver Chinese community and the Vancouver Grizzlies, established when the original franchise was created in 1995," he says in a press release. "The team often ran Chinese New Year-themed games and supported local events, such as the Western Canada Chinese Tournament."
At the time, Carol Lee, chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, was a fan.
"I certainly remember the Grizzlies and the energy of being able to watch NBA basketball in my hometown," she says in the release. "We thank CCYAA for including Foo Hung Curios in this very unique collaboration."
The shirts are on sale as of Feb. 1; there are four versions (two t-shirts, a long sleeve shirt and a hoodie) ranging in price from $43 to $105. They can be found online at the CCYAA's store or at Foo Hung Curious, the storytelling centre's shop.
Proceeds from sales online go to the CCYAA and their campaign to promote physical fitness in the Asian community. Proceeds from the shirts sold at Foo Hung Curious will go to the centre's efforts to archive and share the stories of early Chinese immigrants.