STAND TALL IN WARWICK FARM
We had a little home court advantage for the Stand Tall program today in Warwick Farm. The Stand Tall program was delivered once again on the Abel Dunn Court in Warwick Farm named after Steve Dunn and his wife Heidi Abel who generously donated to establish a court in the area for disadvantaged youth. Steve Dunn is one of the Founders of Charity Bounce, previously acting as an owner and Director of the Sydney Kings and thanks to the generosity of the couple and the hard work of the Warwick Farm Neighbourhood Centre, the new basketball court was built at Hargrave Park and opened to the public in July 2016. A full day program took place with young people from the local community in partnership with the Warwick Farm Neighbourhood Centre, with a community lunch held at the Neighbourhood Centre for all participants.
The Stand Tall basketball programs promote both on and off court outcomes and engage with young people in the community, providing access to Charity Bounce Youth Workers for ongoing support and to promote education and employment pathways through the Hoop Dreams program. The Hoop Dreams programme is funded by the Australia Government Department of Employment as part of the Empowering YOUth Initiative. Since launching in June 2016, Charity Bounce has had more than 3000 participants across all programs, with more than 20 young people placed in jobs with our employment partners in our Hoop Dreams programs.
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.