ALL STARS PULL OUT ALL STOPS
The Stand Tall All Stars had another successful campaign winning 3 of their 5 games in the Newington Classic. After a tough first day, the team showed their determination, spirit, and ability to rise above the challenge to take their game to a whole new level on day 2.
Coach Eban Hyams did a great job of preparing the team in such a short amount of time to play against teams that had played together for a long time. The team also had some surprise coaching visits by two of the basketball worlds great identities that came to show their support for the team during the 2 day tournament. Charity Bounce’s Stand Tall Program Director, the NBL Hall of Famer and all round legend Cal Bruton who gave wise words and encouragement to inspire the players as well as 2 x NBA champion and current Sydney Kings player Josh Powell. Josh took time out from his training regime to visit the players and sit with the team on the bench after he met the team at the closed Sydney Kings training session on Monday.
Sandra Gugger, Charity Bounce’s Program Partnerships Manager, who played the key role in getting the team a place in tournament said “To think that this diverse group of young people have so willingly supported each other and pushed to learn and test themselves as a unit, to see what was possible, is quite simply an amazing achievement. The appreciation we received from them was a humbling experience and it stirs us here at Charity Bounce to create more out of reach opportunities for all youth, as often as we can.”
The positive win/loss record was a terrific result and demonstrated the value in diversity not just through the different skills on the court but in the different backgrounds and experiences off the court that came together to form such a great team attitude that valued and respected everyone’s contribution.
Charity Bounce is looking forward to our next opportunity with our Stand Tall All Stars and would love your support to continue to ‘Stand Tall’, whether as a sponsor, volunteer, or ambassador ………. so call or email us! We would love to hear from you.
Charity Bounce is a not for profit organisation that exists to inspire positive change to overcome disadvantage for individuals and communities. With a focus on Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and Culturally Diverse communities, including newly arrived refugees we aim to move people toward a more positive future through the development of sports, the arts, health, education and employment focused social programs. The programs are delivered in partnership with professional athletes to motivate change and inspire.