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96ers Basketball Club
“Looking back on my memories and how far I’ve come, I don’t think I would be the same person today without the help and support of the Basketball Club.”
ABOUT OUR BASKETBALL CLUB
Our 96ers Basketball Club (formerly known as Redskins) was established in 1996 and is one of the most inclusive sporting programs in Victoria.
Each year, around 400 young people from a diverse range of backgrounds build their confidence and fitness while connecting with the local community through our club.
We ensure that children and young people from low-socio economic backgrounds are able to access the opportunity to play sport by removing cost barriers for low income families.
Our basketball program has the highest level of female participation of any basketball club in Maribyrnong. Around 90% of our players are from African backgrounds.
Our basketball program has provides opportunities for physical activity through sport, in addition to the vital lessons of teamwork and tolerance to thousands of young people.
Aside from the fun of playing team sport the Foundation’s basketball program focuses on personal development, building confidence, teamwork, acceptance and leadership.
Many of our young participants have progressed onto bigger things, including overseas scholarships at universities in the USA, Philippines and one day we look forward to our first player making it to the NBA.
Through the game of basketball young people are introduced to the bigger game of LIFE!
This program is funded through the generous support of Clive Smith OAM, Louise Gourlay OAM, Gavin Powell, Dr Peter Cowen, Glenda Thomas, The Ian Potter foundation, The William Buckland Foundation, Rotary Clubs of Point Gellibrand and Melbourne, Jo Lynch, Active Maribyrnong – Maribyrnong Council, YMCA, RecWest and many other generous benefactors.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER?
The 96ers offers young people aged 7 -18 the opportunity to initially learn the basic fundamental basketball skills and then play in local competitions.
WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?
We aim to keep the costs as affordable as possible assisting many families to engage their children in active sport. We welcome all children to participate in basketball no matter what their ability is.
We also prioritise young people based on the following:
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
- Young people from families on low incomes
- Asylum Seekers
- Refugee Minors
- Young people with a disability
During 2019-2020, there were 375 young people enrolled in our basketball program. We also engaged 25 volunteer coaches and 8 referees to support over 37 junior teams and 8 senior teams