YOUNG PEOPLE STANDING TALL IN ALICE SPRINGS
Two of Australia’s professional basketballers will next week head to Alice Springs in support of community outreach initiatives by Charity Bounce. The players will bring the program to the local Nyewente Basketball Club in support of an initiative championed by Baker IDI indigenous research fellow, Ricky Mentha. The club is a fully Aboriginal-controlled establishment, and started in 2011 as a grassroots club by the local community. In addition, the players will also deliver basketball programs in the Santa Teresa community.
Charity Bounce will begin the trip with a smoking ceremony and cooking by local elders and deliver the Stand Tall basketball program for young people in the local communities.
The programs are being run by Charity Bounce with a focus on Aboriginal communities. NBL legend Cal Bruton will be facilitating Stand Tall basketball clinics during the trip along with NBL player Kevin White from the Illawarra Hawks and WNBL player Darcee Garbin from the Townsville Fire.
The Stand Tall initiative consists of basketball and leadership programs for young people, with a focus on Indigenous and culturally diverse groups, including newly arrived refugees. The initiative aims to deliver the Stand Tall strength based programs to develop life and leadership skills, using basketball as a means of engagement and providing an impacting experience that inspires participants on and off the court to set goals and be motivated about their own future.
The young people will be from the local Aboriginal communities in Alice Springs and passionate about the sport of basketball.
Cal Bruton said, “I love getting the chance to work alongside the young people on a more personal level, sharing my own story and hopefully inspiring them to consider a positive future for themselves.”
Charity Bounce CEO, Ian Heininger, Charity Bounce Chairman Stephen Dunn, former NBL and NBA executive Bret Mactavish have all joined together for the Charity Bounce initiative and will travel with Cal, Kevin, and Darcee on the upcoming Alice Springs trip.
Kevin White will also be making a trip to Uluru with some of the Charity Bounce team to connect with some of the local Aboriginal communities.
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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.