QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA - Australian Indigenous Basketball (AIB) embarked on a week-long tour to remote communities in the Gulf region of the Cape York Peninsula last week.
The AIB facilitation team of Joel Khalu, Ricky Baldwin, Tyson Demos and JaKobe Hunter joined forces with Daniel Egan, PCYC Indigenous Programs Manager (South) to deliver school clinics, lifestyle workshops and NBL 3X3 Street Hustle Tournaments in Mt Isa, Yallambie, Doomadgee, Mornington Island and Normanton.
Over the five days the combined recreation initiatives saw engagement numbers reach almost 2000 participants, with children as young as four and adults as old as fifty all getting amongst the action.
Australian Indigenous Basketball CEO Joel Khalu said it was great to see so many people embrace the programs and get involved.
“Remote communities like these are sometime starved of inclusive sporting opportunities, so it's important that organisations like ours, the PCYC and NBL do a really good job of facilitating programs that make a positive and long-lasting impact,” Khalu said.
“I think by seeing the high number of people playing, particularly in the 3X3 Street Hustle Tournaments indicates that style of basketball is getting really popular in Indigenous communities.”
“3X3 Basketball is a fun and dynamic game that keeps players and the crowd engaged. It’s also a tremendous way for people to have fun and keep fit.”
“We’re thankful to PCYC Indigenous Programs and the NBL for allowing AIB to be part of this wonderful opportunity,” Khalu added.