A weekly knockabout basketball session at Wollongong Youth Centre will this Thursday, 22 March, have added star power.
Three players from the Wollongong NRE Hawks will join the 20 or so young people for an autograph and informal hoop-shooting session.
The laid-back gathering was organised by Wollongong Youth Services staff after they watched the popularity of the regular Thursday afternoon basketball sessions skyrocket. The games attract as many as 20 young people from a variety of backgrounds.
“Our youth centre is a place of fun and engagement. It’s a place where young people can be themselves and get together in a safe place for energetic sports and activities without the cares of the world,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery OAM said.
“These boys have turned Thursday nights into basketball night. For them, the chance to share the youth centre’s forecourt with professional basketballers is something they’ll never forget. It’ll boost their confidence, skills and sense of community.
“To me, this is also testament to the important role the Wollongong NRE Hawks play in our community. They’re so much more than a professional basketball team.’’
Wollongong NRE Hawks players Tyson Demos, Dan Jackson and import Ayinde Ubaka, will drop in to the Youth Centre to sign autographs, offer sporting tips and shoot hoops with the teenagers from 5.45pm.
“As a 100% community owned club its important that we continue to give back to our community. This is what we are about community owned community focussed.” said General Manager Mili Simic.