WESTERN SYDNEY INDIGENOUS YOUTH COOK UP A STORM AND SHOOT HOOPS
A group of indigenous young people from Western Sydney were today given a chance to shoot hoops with former NBL star Eban Hyams and learn healthy eating tips from celebrity chef Sean Connolly when Charity Bounce’s Eat Strong Play Strong program visited Chifley College Shalvey Campus, thanks to a collaboration project between The National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) and Charity Bounce.
Part of Charity Bounce’s Western Sydney youth engagement and outreach programs, Eat Strong Play Strong is a nutrition and active sports program aimed at promoting school attendance and employment opportunities for indigenous and culturally diverse youth.
The specially designed program began with an interactive basketball clinic run by Charity Bounce’s basketball coach Eban Hyams, a former NBL Rookie of the Year who recently returned to Australia after working with NBA outreach programs in India. Hyams shared pro basketball tips as well as key life lessons based on his inspiring personal story.
Sean Connolly then shared his talents and passion for food with the young people, encouraging them to get inside the kitchen in their everyday routine and provided practical tips for a healthy diet – before plating up breakfast for all to enjoy.
Cain Slater, Program Manager at Charity Bounce said: “It was great to work with the young people here in Western Sydney to inspire them through basketball as well as provide some insights into the importance of nutrition and education.
“We hope Eat Strong Play Strong encourages our participants to dream big, make positive changes, overcome challenges and be passionate about their future – whatever goals they choose to pursue. It’s really about providing young people with opportunities and inspiration that they otherwise may not have access to.”
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.