Basketball comes to aid of flood victims

Basketball comes to aid of flood victims

The Australian basketball community has rallied to the aid of the thousands of Australians impacted by the devastating floods around the country, with teams from both the National Basketball League and Women’s National Basketball League set to carry out a range of fundraising activities in the coming weeks in support of the flood victims.

All teams from the Women’s National Basketball League will hold bucket collections during the course of the next two rounds of play so that fans attending their games can give cash donations to those whose lives have been affected by the disaster. 

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock said it was important for basketball to support the communities that had been devastated by this natural disaster.

“Our sporting teams regularly call upon the support of their communities but that relationship is a two-way street,” said Sengstock.  “It is therefore only fitting that we all do what we can to help those in need at this time of crisis. 

“We are working with our association offices in the affected states to ensure a concerted support effort from the whole of our sport, and our NBL and WNBL teams are eager to get the ball rolling by collecting donations at upcoming games.  We urge fans that attend our games to give whatever they can to what is a very worthy cause.”

Bendigo Spirit and Australian Opals star Kristi Harrower encouraged basketball fans to give to the disaster relief fund.

“We’re asking people to come together and dig deep for those in need due to the floods,” said Harrower.  “In 2009, when fires went through rural Victoria and our own town of Bendigo, thousands were affected and the WNBL teams raised money through bucket donations to help.  It was just overwhelming.  Australians always pull together when there is a crisis, even if it has not affected them directly.”    

The teams of the National Basketball League are also finalising plans for a range of fundraising activities which will occur in the next four rounds. 

Melbourne Tigers big man Cameron Tragardh, a Queenslander by birth, sent a message of hope to his friends who are affected in Rockhampton.

“Rockhampton holds a special place in my heart,” Tragardh said.  “To all my close friends up there doing it tough hang in there! They are a tough bunch of people with that fighting Queensland spirit.”