BRINGING THE BOUNCE TO ULURU
We had the privilege of being welcomed to the Mutijulu community in Uluru recently with Illawarra Hawks player Kevin White. The trip was an amazing opportunity to deliver a Stand Tall program and learn from the community, being inspired by their stories and the incredible landscape in Uluru. It was great to see the program have such a positive outcome with reports that the basketball court is now being used so much that they had to purchase more basketballs to meet the demand for court time. The community members, College and Primary School appreciated the opportunity for the young people in the community to hear some positive messaging around healthy lifestyles, resilience, motivation and the value of education from Kevin White and the Charity Bounce team. The young people are looking forward to the opportunity to have the program back again.
The Stand Tall program was delivered in the Mutijulu Community on the court established ahead of the Rio Olympics by the Boomers national team, driven by NBA champion Patty Mills and the NBPA’s ‘From the Players’ program, supported by the ABA (read the story here).
Joining Kevin White on the Uluru trip were Charity Bounce CEO, Ian Heininger, Charity Bounce Chairman Stephen Dunn, Jem Cresswell, and Anna Josephson to build positive relationships with the communities and explore ways to deliver ongoing programs in the region. Earlier that week, Kevin White and Townsville Fire player Darcee Garbin joined NBL Hall of Famer Cal Bruton to inspire positive change in Aboriginal communities. The Charity Bounce programs in Central Australia began 12 months ago through a partnership championed by indigenous research fellow, Ricky Mentha and Wil Foster, a former Adelaide 36ers development player from the Nyewente community in Alice Springs.
A big thanks to Dorethea Randall and the amazing Mutijulu community as well as the teachers involved in making the program a success. We are looking forward to working in partnership long into the future together.
Also, a big congratulation to Kevin White who was named as Captain of the Illawarra Hawks for the coming season. During the tour he was a true leader on and off the court and will be brilliant to follow him this season. Make sure you get along and support him by getting tickets to one of the games such as the upcoming Sydney Kings v Illawarra Hawks on Sunday October the 15th. Buy tickets here…
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The Stand Tall initiative consists of basketball and leadership programs for young people, with a focus on Indigenous and culturally diverse groups. The initiative aims to deliver the Stand Tall strength based programs to develop life and leadership skills, using basketball as a means of engagement and providing an impacting experience that inspires participants on and off the court to set goals and be motivated about their own future.
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.