WNBL News: SCREEN GIVES BACK WITH BOUNCE
Former Olympian Jenni Screen sat down with the Basketball Australia to share about her role as an ambassador with Charity Bounce.
Jenni continues to be involved in Charity Bounce programs and is joining the team for an annual program in Alice Springs this August. In connection with the Alice Springs program, Jenni has been active in raising funds for Charity Bounce’s work with young people across Australia. If you would like to help Jenni meet her goal, visit her fundraising page to donate today! All donations will directly fund Charity Bounce’s various programs.
SCREEN GIVES BACK WITH BOUNCE
Jenni Screen may be retired from playing, but she is continuing to make her mark as an ambassador with Charity Bounce.
Bounce is a not-for-profit organisation based in Sydney that aims to inspire youths from Aboriginal and diverse groups towards positive education and employment futures using basketball as a development tool.
The former Opal’s guard and Olympian is working with Bounce to bring awareness, create relationships and opportunities for Indigenous and Culturally Diverse youths in Australia.
“For me it was more about an opportunity to align myself with something that I think has value and is built on integrity.” Screen said.
“Equally, sports have given me so much as an individual that it only feels right, that I pay it forward and hopefully use what I’ve been given as an opportunity to assist other people’s lives and their journey. There is nothing better than seeing a leather ball make someone smile and forget about their worries for a while.”
Charity Bounce hosts many programs through communities including Hoop Dreams, Stand Tall, Eat Strong Play Strong, and Hoops for Harmony.
Screen was recently at Matraville Sports High School with former Harlem Globetrotters’ Tracy Williams for the Stand Tall Program, which focuses on leadership skills for youths using basketball activates as an engagement tool.
Screen sees the lessons she took from the court and how they continue to help her succeed away from basketball and emphasized the importance of never giving up no matter how hard the challenges you face as well as the value of working as a team.
“It’s actually creating an opportunity for people to learn skills that are valuable and transferrable in the business and employment world.” Screen said.
Highlighting the important the role basketball has had in the program, Screen has seen firsthand just how resilient the youths have been.
Charity Bounce is a not for profit organization 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.