Today marks the International Day of People with Disability, and at Basketball Victoria we are proudly associated with players of all abilities, giving them the best possible chance to shine in the sporting arena.
Basketball Victoria has a firm commitment to providing an opportunity for people of all abilities and backgrounds to be involved in basketball. This philosophy shone through at the recent 2018 ECHO Community Challenge. The Challenge is a community basketball challenge between disability employment services representatives, employers and sports people
with a disability to promote inclusiveness on and off the court.
Basketball Victoria has been in partnership with ECHO since 2011, supporting local communities through access to sport.
This year’s Community Challenge was hosted at the State Basketball Centre and the day’s activities included an introduction to wheelchair basketball and basic skills training, followed by a number of fun wheelchair games and a free throw shootout. Event participants included ECHO clients and staff, BV staff and staff from Traffic Diversions Group (TDG), also a client of ECHO’s.
Michael Locke, ECHO CEO reflected on the day by commenting “This year’s Community Challenge was a fantastic opportunity to start the conversation around the importance of an inclusive community. Everyone was a winner on the day, shooting hoops for a cause greater than scoring points; to break down barriers and help make positive change to the lives of 4.3 million Australians”.
Most excitingly, a few of the participants from the day have since made enquiries about how to join a wheelchair basketball team.
Whether a person has a physical or intellectual disability or impairment – as long as you want to get out on court, there will be a way to make it happen.
Basketball Victoria’s inclusion manager Karen Pearce is thrilled with her team’s results in the inclusion space.
“We are proud to be an inclusive sport by providing services and support for any person to enable them to participate in basketball”.
For more information on Basketball Victoria’s inclusion programs visit https://basketballvictoria.com.au or call (03) 9837 8000
For more information on opportunities provided by ECHO visit https://www.echoaustralia.com or call 1300 194 240