Sydney Kings Brad Newley hits the court with Mt Druitt youth
Mount Druitt was treated to a King of the basketball court yesterday when former Australian Boomer and Sydney Kings player Brad Newley shared his skills with Mount Druitt young people. Brad joined forces with Charity Bounce Ambassador Eban Hyams for the Stand Tall Basketball Program at Emerton Youth Centre.
Brad shared his basketball expertise with children and young people aged 5 to 24 and was able to inspire positive change off the court as well improve their skills on the court. Brad shared with the participants about his own career and how it had taken him all over the world as a result of hours of hard work practicing on the court as well as staying strong off the court. Sharing about healthy eating as well as the importance of staying focussed Brad talked about how he avoided junk food and always made sure the right foods were part of his diet.
Brad Newley is a 199cm swingman, who has had a tremendous career, both in Australia and overseas, and is a two-time Olympian, representing Australia at both Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Brad delivered the program alongside Charity Bounce Ambassador Eban Hyams who is a regular coach for the Stand Tall programs and recently led the Stand Tall All Stars on a 4-0 undefeated run at the Sydney School Shootout. Eban was the first Indian-Israeli player in the NBL, including time with the Singapore Slingers, and has worked with the NBA as an Outreach Officer throughout India to support and promote basketball.
Five of the lucky participants yesterday won tickets to a Sydney Kings game and two of the champions on the day were lucky winners of a signed Sydney Kings jersey. You can support the Kings at their next home game by getting tickets here…
The Stand Tall initiative consists of basketball programs for young people, with a focus on Indigenous and Culturally Diverse groups, including newly arrived refugees. The Stand Tall strength based program aims to improve education and employment outcomes and develop life and leadership skills, using basketball as a means of engagement and providing an impacting experience that inspires them to be motivated about their own future.
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.