Participation pays off for students in No School, No Play

Participation pays off for students in No School, No Play

Students from six Western Sydney high schools were today recognised for their participation in the second year of the No School No Play program at an awards ceremony hosted by Evans High School, Blacktown.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally joined Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic, Australian Opals Head Coach Carrie Graf, NBL Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Turner, former Sydney Kings Captain Ben Knight and former NBA and NBL player Steve Carfino to take part in the ceremony.

120 students from six local high schools (Chifley College – Bidwill, Chifley College – Mount Druitt, Chifley College – Shalvey, Evans High School, Plumpton High School and St Clare’s Catholic High School Hassall Grove) took part in the six week Western Sydney program which taught basketball skills, refereeing and nutrition.

Speaking at today’s ceremony, Ms Keneally said she was pleased to see so many local students taking part in the No School No Play program.
 
“To have 120 students from six schools play their part in No School No Play is a phenomenal achievement,” Ms Keneally said.
 
“The enthusiasm and commitment these students have shown throughout the program has been remarkable – and I’d like to congratulate every player here today for sticking with their sport, their learning and their healthy living.
 
“In particular, I’d like to thank Ed Husic for rallying the generous support of our local sponsors to bring basketball to schools in his electorate.”

No School No Play is funded by the Commonwealth Government, with $2 million supporting eight national sporting organisations to use sport to promote the benefits of regular school attendance.

However, in Chifley, the Western Sydney program has been funded entirely by local community sponsorship organised by Mr Husic.

Mr Husic said he hoped the students who took part would carry the key themes of the program into their futures.

“No School No Play is as much about forming healthy habits to eating and study as it is about shooting the hoops,” Mr Husic said.

“Linking sport and the commitment our sporting elite have to make in order to achieve their goals has proven to be a good way to motivate young people to stay at school and work hard.

“I want to thank our corporate partners Woolworths, WentWest, Westpac and Russell Athletics for their continued support.

“I’d also like to thank Basketball Australia for throwing their resources behind the program. BA’s support has given even more students from Western Sydney the opportunity to be involved with the game – which is a great thing.”