HOOP DREAMING WITH THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Our Hoop Dreams program ended up with some front row seats at the college basketball game between the Washington Huskies and the Sydney Uni Lions. A group of young people from Redfern and Mt. Druitt came along as part of our Hoop Dreams program to witness the event and get a chance to meet some of the Washington Huskies team. For many of the young people this was the first time they had been to a live basketball game of any type and what a game to experience it was. Even before the game started the slam dunk fest was recorded on phones all over the arena as Markelle Fultz provided some on court entertainment, who according to almost all 2017 NBA mock drafts on respected websites are predicting his name won’t be on the board beyond the fifth pick, with some have him going second or third.
The Sydney Uni Lions started out strong but Washington took control of the game in the second quarter when the score was tied 33-33 with 5:26 left. The Huskies used an 18-4 run to go ahead 51-37 with 2:12 remaining. Sydney closed to within six points, but never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
One of the highlights of the night was when Charity Bounce got to provide some on court competition of its own with a lay-up, free throw, and 3 -point competition. In front of the packed house, they provided a great performance with the 3-point shooting being 100% from the near overall winner.
Charity Bounce would like to thank Sydney University Basketball and Sydney Uni Lions coach Tim Hudson for making the night possible. It is one that the young people wont forget.
Another group from the Hoop Dreams program are looking forward to another great night to watch UCLA in a couple of weeks. If you want to support the Sydney Uni Lions you can come along and get your tickets here.
The Hoop Dreams programme is funded by the Australia Government Department of Employment as part of the Empowering YOUth Initiative.
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.