The Stand Tall All-Star Women’s Team Came to Play
The Stand Tall All-Stars Women’s team proved that it only takes two weeks to come together and make great memories that will last a lifetime. Head coach Shanae Greaves, a player for the Sydney Flames professional team, coached the team from their formation in try-outs, through daily trainings and to the final tournament where the team played hard and took third place!
The Stand Tall All-Stars program is designed to provide access to ‘out of reach’ opportunities in the basketball world and to support players beyond the on-court competitions to achieve off the court outcomes related to education, employment, health & wellbeing, or professional basketball pathways.
The team, which was comprised of young women from many backgrounds including Afghan, Pilipino, Sudanese, Aboriginal & Australian, South Sudanese, Ghanaian, and Syrian, even received recognition from the tournament organizer for their outstanding playing after only being together a short time.
Throughout the two week program, the women heard from special guests including Former Harlem Globetrotter Tracy Williams. Tracy spoke to the team about the importance of working together and how that is a principle that can serve them well in every sphere of life. In reflecting on the team’s progress over the two weeks, Tracy said, “Everybody in life needs an assist. I really liked the way they played together in their games. They passed really well. They really picked up on that.”
Charity Bounce would like to give a big thanks to the United States Consulate General in Sydney for sponsoring the Women’s Stand Tall All-Star team for the second year in a row. We would also like to thank Phil Webster, the organiser of the Sydney Schools Shootout tournament, for his ongoing support of Charity Bounce’s programs, and to all the Charity Bounce coaches and mentors who invested in the young women throughout the program.
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.