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Ian Heininger – CEO and Co Founder.

Originally working with homeless youth on the streets of Sydney, Ian has spent more than 25 years working in the not for profit sector and during this time went on to bridge the divide into the corporate space having now worked with 1000’s of people from homeless youth to CEO’s. Having worked with diverse communities, global companies, and professional sports, Ian always returns to his passion to make the biggest difference for those most in need with as much energy as he can provide, continuously striving to pioneer innovative programs for disadvantaged individuals and communities.

 

As one of the founders of Charity Bounce, he is still working on his slam dunk ability (with little improvement noted to date), but he is a firm believer that ‘When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”

Bret Mactavish – Head of Basketball Programs.

Bret Mactavish is the former NBL Head of Basketball Operations after joining the NBL in 2014 as the NBL’s General Manager of Operations, responsible for all basketball matters associated to the game including the NBL Commission, playing rules & regulations, referee program, tribunals and player contracting.

 

Bret has over 15 years of basketball operations industry experience having served in various roles with the Continental Basketball Association (US), the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Men’s and Women’s Basketball Competitions, WNBA and NBA.  Following the Atlanta Olympics, Bret was hired by the WNBA in New York and played a key basketball operations role in successfully launching the WNBA.

 

After three seasons with the WNBA, Bret joined the NBA in New York and served as the Director of NBA International Basketball Operations for seven years.  During Bret’s time at the NBA he was instrumental in the development, launch and delivery of the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program Basketball without Borders.

 

Bret also worked closely with USA Basketball on their Senior Men’s and Women’s National Team programs and also served as an NBA liaison with FIBA and national basketball federations.

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Cal Bruton – Stand Tall Program Director

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 3pt Shooting, 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. Cal has 5 sons, 1 daughter and 4 Grandchildren where he resides in Canberra.

Tahnee Fogarty – Employment Consultant 

 

Tahnee looks after all of Charity Bounce’s job pathways for young people. Holding an bachelors degree in community welfare, Tahnee has a broad range of experience working with at-risk young people, as well as clients with disability.

 

As our basketball programs teach young people soft employment skills, Tahnee provides the vital connection between local employers and young people to achieve positive employment outcomes. Tahnee supports our young people as they navigate tax file numbers, resumes, applying for jobs and the interview process.

 

In addition to empowering young people through Charity Bounce, Tahnee has a young child of her own and believes that “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.

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Amy Pennington

Amy Pennington – Media and Communications

 

Amy joined the Charity Bounce team upon relocating to Sydney from the USA in 2017. After university, Amy spent nearly seven years working at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC as a press secretary and communications director for a United States Congresswoman. While living and working in DC, Amy earned her Masters in Public Relations and Corporate Communications at Georgetown University.

 

Amy brings her media and communications experience, coupled with her understanding of government and public policy to the Charity Bounce team. As a girl who practically grew up on the basketball court, she understands first hand how the values learned from sports can be translated to success in other areas of life. Amy is very excited about this unique opportunity to help young people overcome challenges and achieve their potential through basketball and mentorship.

Eban Hyams – Stand Tall All Stars Coach

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 Leumit. 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.

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