Calvin ‘Cal’ Bruton, also known as the “Black Pearl,” is a former NBL Championship player and coach in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL). At 5’9″ (175 cm) tall, Cal was one of the first and the smallest imports to play in the NBL, joining the Brisbane Bullets for the inaugural 1979 NBL season. Cal led all scorers in the NBL’s first year, averaging 33.2 points per game. In 1982 Cal was voted NBL COACH OF THE YEAR and in 1983-84 Cal was a 1st Team all NBL Allstar.
Originally an American import from New York City and later becoming the first naturalised Australian in the NBL,Cal helped the Brisbane Bullets win their first NBL Championship and represented Australia for the 1st time against a USA Pac 10 Touring team. Cal also represented the Australian Boomers
internationally at the 1986 FIBA World Championship in Spain and after returning from Spain, Cal helped the Brisbane Bullets to their 3rd straight Grand Final where they would be the runner-up to the Adelaide 36ers. In 1990 Cal coached the Perth Wildcats to their 1st National
Basketball League Championship.
As a result of those achievements, Cal became one of the first inductees into the NBL Hall of Fame when it opened in 1998 and he has also led the NBL in 3ptShooting, Free Throw Shooting, Assists and Steals. Cal’s son CJ has also excelled in Australian Basketball playing in two Olympic Games and two World Championships whilst winning 6 NBL titles.
Former Harlem Globetrotter and Internationally Acclaimed Transformational Speaker, Tracy A. Williams is set to inspire positive change as the Global Ambassador for Charity Bounce. The Global Ambassador role has been developed for Tracy Williams to engage with organisations around the globe to expand opportunities for Charity Bounce. While in Sydney, Tracy will be participating in events and activities to support Charity Bounce programs.
Tracy Williams uses his experiences from his childhood, his time with the Harlem Globetrotters, his lessons learned coaching professional basketball in Japan, and all the time he’s delivered as a transformational speaker, to inform and inspire people to do more, and change more, like he did.
Williams performed in one of the greatest spotlights in all of basketball as a Harlem Globetrotter and said “Charity Bounce provides a great opportunity to expand the programs that are making a difference for young people. The programs are innovative and show that the organisation has been able to deliver real outcomes for young people using basketball.”
One of Australia and New Zealand’s most respected and instantly recognized chefs, Sean Connolly’s wealth of experience spans the globe, recently opening his new restaurant Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera. He is true visionary who never says no to an opportunity to share his love and passion for wonderful produce and honest food. Sean gained the title of Good Food Guide Chef of the year in 2008 and has opened renowned restaurants since that time including recently in Dubai.
He has hosted a television series called My Family Feast, with a companion cookbook that won Best Celebrity Chef Cook book in The World TV & Wine Awards at the 2011 Paris Book Fair. Sean has partnered to deliver the Eat Strong Play Strong project with Indigenous youth to promote health and nutrition with a focus on improving
For a list of Sean’s many achievements and Milestones, please visit https://www.seanconnolly.com.au/
Eban Hyams is an Indian-Israeli- Australian professional basketball player, a writer, producer, actor, model and musician. He is 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall, and plays point guard and shooting guard . He has played professionally in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) and was voted NBL Rookie in 2006. Eban has also played in Israel in the first division Super League and the second division Liga
He is the first ever Indian national to play in ULEB competitions.Eban was a late start to basketball at age 15, after earning a scholarship to attend College in Sydney,Eban was named captain of his school and it was here that he was introduced to basketball,eventually being selected to the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSW CCC) state tryouts and going on to play basketball in a US college in Georgia and professionally in the years after. Eban has worked with the NBA as an Outreach Officer throughout India to support and promote basketball and the league there.
Based in Mumbai, he assisted in the administration of the Mahindra NBA Challenge amongst other basketball skills development and health education programs. Eban was recently invited to the NBA Development League National Invitational Tryouts
in New York City where he competed with other NBA D-League hopefuls for a roster spot.
Renae Camino is a professional basketball player who has achieved at the highest levels in the game having played in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) where in 2005 she won the WNBL Rookie of the Year Award and in 2006. In 2005, she was selected in the FIBA U19 World Championship All Star Five in 2005 and awarded the Australian Institute of Sport Junior Athlete of the Year in 2006. In the 2007 /08 (2008) WNBL Grand Final, Camino won the MVP award after setting a league record for an individual score with 32 points and went on to win another WNBL Championship in 2013.
Camino was also drafted to the WNBA in 2006 by the Houston Comets and again in 2009 by the Sacramento Monarchs, but returned to Australia without playing a WNBA game. At official FIBA events, Camino played for Australia at the 2005 World Championship for Junior Women; the 2007 FIBA Under 21 World Championship for Women, where she won a Silver medal; and the 2007 FIBA Oceania Championship for Women, where she won a Gold medal. At the 2005 World Championship, Camino led the tournament in points scored with 173 points (an average of 21.6 points per game) and was named to the All-Star Five.
Jenni is a two time Olympic Medallist (2008/2012) with one of the most successful sporting programs in Australian Sporting history, Women’s Basketball, known as “The Opals”. Additionally, in 2006 Jenni was a member of the team that won the 1st senior World Championship for Basketball Australia on the World stage. She played professionally both in Australia and in Italy for more than 15 years and co-captained the Opals in the latter stages of her career. During her playing career Jenni continued her educational pursuits completing two degrees, most recently, a Masters in Strength and Conditioning.
Jenni now finds herself working in Sport Science and passionately involved in Athlete Wellbeing and the transition from the Elite world. She is also on the FIBA Players Commission, a voice for the players. Jenni is focused on paying it forward and assisting others find their true potential. She is also married to former Australian Boomer and Melbourne Tiger Championship player Neil Mottram, brother to middle distance runner and four time Olympian Craig Mottram. Jenni Screen is a massive over achiever in all areas of her life, always seeking to learn & grow in this crazy world and sees every moment as an opportunity for development. Jenni is driven & passionate on assisting people reach their potential in their chosen endeavours. She is always up for a good laugh or cry. Loves a debate over a glass of red and her Great Dane is the apple of her eye.
Alex Moore Porter is an American born player who has a basketball career that almost spans a decade.She played 3 years at Division I NAIA Azusa Pacific University in Southern California from 2009-2011 and as captain of her team, she led the team to a national championship in 2011 and two conference championships. Alex earned 3 consecutive All-American selections, with a career total of 1,833 points and has the 2nd highest scoring average for Cougar women basketball programs in their history.
She is a 3-time All Golden State Athletic conference (GSAC) player, and made the NAIA All-tournament team for all three seasons. Since moving to Sydney in September 2015, Alex has coached for Redlands, Knox, and Abbotsleigh schools, directed youth development camps, and worked as a coach. mentor, and trainer.Alex also works as an actor and model and credits hard work in the gym and keeping a positive attitude to overcome adversity.
Darcee made her professional debut with the Australian Institute of Sport during the 2011–12 season. She then returned to her home state and joined the West Coast Waves. She played three seasons, leading a struggling West Coast side. Strong showings earned her a signing with defending champions, Townsville Fire for the 2015–16 season. Garbin was re-signed by the Fire for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons. In June 2017, Garbin signed a three-year extension with the Fire,meaning she will remain a member of Townsville's roster until 2020.
Darcee made her national team debut at the 2010 FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament in New Caledonia where Australia took home Gold. She would then go on to represent the Gems at the 2012 FIBA Oceania Under-18 Championship, where she helped take home the Gold and secure a place at the Under-19 World
Championship the following year. At the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Lithuania, Garbin was a starting five team member. Darcee was a part of the recent Stand Tall Central Australia tour.
Kevin is a guard in the NBL playing for the Illawarra Hawks. He attended the University of Alaska from 2007-2010 and then began as a development player in the NBL in 2011. In Sydney, he was voted the best defensive player in 2013.
Kevin won a SEABL Championship playing for the Bendigo Braves in 2016 and has a career high of 20 points in the NBL against Adelaide in 2015 including 6 of 8 three pointers. Kevin attended the recent Stand Tall Central Australia tour.
Josie Taoi has been around the basketball community for many years, having had the opportunity to play representative basketball, as well as experience playing basketball internationally. Josie’s project focus at Charity Bounce involves young women’s resiliency basketball programs. Josie has experience working closely with schools, principals and teachers developing engaging basketball program for senior students in secondary school.
As Women’s Program Coach, Josie is passionate about instilling self-belief and building confidence for young people, sharing her knowledge and experience of the game of basketball and life.