WORKING ON OUR DEFENCE AT ORAN PARK
Students of Defence Force families at Oran Park Primary School had plenty to smile about last week at the Hoops for Harmony program, learning the art of basketball from surprise guest 6’ 11” (211cm) professional basketballer Julian Khazzouh. Julian was joined on the day Newington College, Year 9 & 10 students, who volunteered as part of the program.
Hoops for Harmony teaches students key life lessons through an interactive basketball program engaging every student to participate in the program. Using the principles, skills and training learned on a basketball court the program focuses on teamwork, promoting inclusiveness and valuing diversity.
From Kindergarten to Year 6, the students smiled and giggled as they bounced balls with their right and then their left hands and then tried to bounce it around their bodies and through their legs. Many had not had the opportunity to work on these fun skills before but they were giving it their best shot. One young student even had the chance to fly through the air and score her first ever basket (with just a little help from the rather tall Julian Khazzouh).
Newington College students had heard there were some children at the school with families from New Zealand and Sierra Leone so they took to their study books and learnt a few greetings in Maori and Krio to welcome the Oran Park students to the program before taking to the court. The College also kindly donated sporting equipment to the school and they hope the Oran Park students will enjoy using it in their upcoming sports programs.
Thank you Oran Park Primary and we hope you keep bouncing those basketballs!
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.