FROM the horn, to the great plains and the Serengeti, there is much to love about Africa… and Basketball Victoria wants to celebrate it under lights at Dandenong Stadium.
The WNBL #OneAfrica match, on Wednesday 29 November at 7.30pm, represents unity throughout the entire Basketball Victoria community. The cause aims to unite all African nations under the one country in an attempt to reduce hostility and generational conflict.
There is no better partner for this Basketball Victoria sponsored event than the Dandenong Rangers WNBL team, as the City of Greater Dandenong stands as one of Australia’s most diverse cities.
With residents from over 160 countries, including all of Africa, it is a city of diversity and unity.
Bringing together Australia’s African migrant community – and its passionate love for basketball – together for the special occasion, there is a specially commissioned artwork for the Rangers’ jerseys.
Basketball Victoria’s Aboriginal and East African Basketball Lead Matt Dunstan said OneAfrica match will bring together and showcase African heritage and culture to the Australian basketball community.
“Basketball plays an important role within the community that goes far beyond the basketball court,” Dunstan said. “It is great that we can open our doors to the African community, welcome them in as our guests and celebrate the proud culture with them.
“The message for the night is unity.
“This is unity for the African and non-African Australian community and just as importantly unity between the different African nations and community groups that now call Australia home.
“The Dandenong Rangers and the basketball community should be very proud that through our sport we are impacting lives in such positive ways, quite often without realising we are doing it.”
Celebrated lovingly on the Dandenong Rangers uniforms, the artwork pays tribute to the fantastic contributions of the African community across all regions of Victoria. These uniforms are inspired by African culture and the #OneAfrica message.
The work symbolises many unique features of Africa:
The Giraffe represents the size of Africa
The Boabab Tree is the tree of life and knowledge
The Elephant represents community and unity
The Lion is a symbol of pride
The Flower represents personal growth
The night will be a celebration of all things #OneAfrica, with the South Equatorial Society entertaining the crowd with cultural dancing (Acholi), singing and drumming.
In the spirit of unity, a gift exchange between the Dandenong Rangers and Townsville Fire will take place in line with African custom.
The Most Valuable Player will receive a Bronze Elephant Statue from Central Africa and will have a donation made in their name for 10 pre-school places for children living in South Sudan to start their education.
Tip off is 7.30pm on Thursday 29 November.
Tickets are available through www.dandenongbasketball.com.au or a limited amount of tickets will be available at the door.