SUCCESS FOR THE STAND TALL ALL STARS WOMEN’S TEAM
What an amazing three weeks we have had at Charity Bounce with the launch of our inaugural Stand Tall All Stars women’s team. Everyone involved has been inspired by the young women and the feedback from the players themselves has got us excited about the next program already.
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 All Stars team was made up of young women aged from 13 to 17 from diverse cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal, Afghani, Burmese, Chinese, Niuean, Phillipino, Samoan and Taiwanese.
A big thanks to Phil Webster the organiser of the Sydney Schools Shootout tournament who spoke with Charity Bounce Program Partnerships Manager Sandra Gugger about the All Stars program last year and has been a great supporter, now allowing Charity Bounce to participate in the womens tournament. Thanks Phil for your ongoing support of Charity Bounce’s programs.
The team took to the court for the Sydney Schools Shootout tournament having worked hard in training and becoming stronger every day both on and off the court. Charity Bounce had 3 weeks prior to the tournament to put together the team from schools and youth centres we work with and the team played 6 games on the day with 3 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses. The players coaches were proud of the efforts of the team on the day with outstanding coaching during the program from 2 highly achieving coaches; Head Coach Renae Camino, a former player who represented Australia as well as the WNBL Sydney Flames and Adelaide Lightning teams and Assistant Coach Alex Moore-Porter, a former American basketballer whose career included playing in the US NAIA Division 1 All-American team.
During the training program the team has had some expert advice on life and basketball from some of the greats of the game with guest speakers such as; 4 x Olympian and former NBA and NBL player Shane Heal who spoke of the importance of good mentors, passion and persistence; Charity Bounce Ambassador, 2 x Olympic medallist and World Champion Jenni Screen; Sydney Kings player Tom Garlepp who provided some playing tips; and Stand Tall Program Director and NBL Hall of Famer Cal Bruton who shared his story and life lessons.
Thank you to all who supported this Stand Tall All Stars team and continue to support this program for future young people to access out of reach opportunities to achieve both on and off the court. Charity Bounce looks forward to our next Stand Tall All Stars program later this year so follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter to keep up to date with the news.
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.