Kevin White was joined by Townsville Fire player Darcee Garbin and NBL Hall of Famer Cal Bruton to inspire positive change in Aboriginal communities in Central Australia last week with Charity Bounce. The players delivered Stand Tall programs within the Nyewente and Ltyentye Apurte Aboriginal communities in and around Alice Springs and the Mutijulu community in Uluru.
The young people from the local Aboriginal communities in Central Australia were full of talent on the court and passionate about the sport of basketball. Kevin said about the talent on show that “All they need is an opportunity. Some of the courts here, it’s pretty much just a car park with hoop at the end. There’s a three-court stadium in Alice Springs, but some of the clinics we’ve done have been on dirt and concrete. These kids might not have the facilities, but the talent they have is remarkable”.
The programs in Central Australia began 12 months ago through a partnership with Charity Bounce and the local Nyewente Basketball Club championed by Indigenous research fellow, Ricky Mentha and Wil Foster, a former Adelaide 36ers development player, who started the grassroots club in the Nyewente community in Alice Springs in 2011. Charity Bounce delivered the Stand Tall basketball program for young people in the local communities in Central Australia including the delivery of a Stand Tall program at Ltyentye Apurte and a visit to the Ntaria Communtiy near Alice Springs. The Stand Tall program was also delivered in the Mutijulu Community in Uluru on the court established ahead of the Rio Olympics by the Boomers national team, driven by NBA champion Patty Mills, the NBAPA and the ABA (read the story here).
The Charity Bounce initiative consists of basketball and leadership programs for young people, with a focus on Indigenous groups. 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. Joining the players on the trip were Charity Bounce CEO, Ian Heininger, Charity Bounce Chairman Stephen Dunn, and former NBL and NBA executive Bret Mactavish to build positive relationships with the communities and explore ways to deliver ongoing programs in the region.