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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.”

Kevin White – Youth Engagement and Player Liason

Kevin is a 200+ game player in the NBL having played for the Sydney Kings, Illawarra Hawks and Adelaide 36ers. He attended the University of Alaska from 2007-2010 and then signed as a development player in the NBL in 2011. At both Sydney 2013-2014 and Illawarra 2017-2018, he won the Best Defensive Player and Community Engagement awards in consecutive years.

 

Kevin won a SEABL Championship playing for the Bendigo Braves in 2016 and has a career-high of 20 points playing for Illawarra in the NBL against Adelaide in 2015 including 6 of 8 three-pointers. Over the years Kevin has attended several Stand Tall programs in Central Australia and has recently joined the CB team in the role of ‘Youth Engagement and Player Liaison’

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Ben Madgen – Corporate Partnerships Officer

Ben is a former professional basketball player, with successful stints in both the Australian NBL and various European leagues. After securing the 2010 Rookie of the Year Award with the Sydney Kings, Ben was named Most Improved Player and All-NBL First Team in 2013. He also led the NBL in scoring during the 2012/13 season and was named in the Sydney Kings 25th Anniversary Team in the same year. After leaving the Kings in 2015, Ben played for multiple teams in Belgium, Lithuania and Germany before returning to the NBL with the inaugural South East Melbourne team last season.

 

Outside of basketball, Ben holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He has also launched a partnership with The Children’s Hospital and Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick focusing on children with long-term illnesses. Dubbed “The Madgen’s Message of Hope,” the program included hospital visits and memorable gameday experiences.

Stacy Stanley – Youth Engagement Coordinator

The fusion of basketball and social work has defined this team members adult life. Stacy Stanley is our youth engagement coordinator and has brought her expertise, influence, and ability to positively impact underserved youth to bear. She attended Methodist University in the United States where she excelled in the women’s basketball program as a four-year starter. She received several accolades including 4th All-time leading scorer in the NCAA’s highly competitive USA South Athletic conference. Basketball was a real highlight; moreover, it inspired Stacy’s next chapter. Stacy became a social worker and for over a decade has fought to create safe and nurturing environments for children from all walks of life.

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Tracy Williams – Global Ambassador

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.”

Nathan Strempel – School Partnerships Officer

Nathan Strempel has spoken in schools for more than a decade, equipping over 50,000 students with strategies and insights to enhance their wellbeing and resilience. His most popular presentation focuses on shifting young people’s mindset around the fear of failure. He builds rapport with his audience by sharing his own stories of failure, rejection and loss.

With a background in sports media, Nathan has interviewed some of the greatest athletes of all time. He captivates audiences by weaving insights from their stories alongside evidence-based research. Nathan’s current roles of Basketball Coaching Coordinator and Boarding Duty Master at St Ignatius’ College Riverview keep him ‘on point’ with current teen culture.

Working with Charity Bounce as School Partnerships Officer unites his passion for basketball and empowering young people. His work in basketball has incorporated the following:

– TV and radio commentary for both NBL, WNBL and FIBA 3×3.

– Interviewing NBA players including Dame Lillard, Ben Simmons, Tim Hardaway, Allan Houston, Ron Harper, Horace Grant, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Joe Ingles.

– MCing Basketball Game Days and Events for Melbourne United, Dandenong Rangers, Basketball Australia, Basketball Victoria, Nike and Footlocker.

– Covering the basketball at the London 2012 Olympics as Samsung’s Australian Reporter.

– Co-hosting The Basketball Show with Shane Heal

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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”.

Bret Mactavish – Basketball Programs Consultant

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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