The Ballarat Basketball Foundation was established with the specific aim of forming a scholarship squad. The Foundation will assist members by way of providing individual athlete support, specialist coaching and development opportunities. At Basketball Ballarat we are concerned about the participation of our young people in sport and we are determined to ensure that every aspiring young athlete has an equal opportunity to participate at the highest level that they are capable of achieving.
Often we are in contact with a number of less fortunate families to whom we extend considerable assistance to ensure that their situation does not preclude a young boy or girl from achieving their dreams. It is via this Foundation that you can also assist Basketball Ballarat in providing assistance to the youth of our City.
Grants will also be awarded to assist squad members in the following areas:
- sport related accommodation
- uniforms and fees
- specialist coaching fees
- support for athletes at State and National Championships
- opportunity for interstate or overseas basketball experiences
Sam Short currently plays for the Hotondo Homes Ballarat Miners in the NBL1 as well as Melbourne United in the NBL.
Sam was born in Ballarat and started playing Basketball at a young age before his Basketball ability gave him the chance to travel around Australia and Internationally. This put financial pressure on his family and without the support of the Basketball Ballarat Foundation Sam would not have been able to chase his dream of playing professional Basketball.
Fast forward to 2019, Sam is now the ambassador for the Basketball Ballarat Foundation supporting all junior striving to achieve their dreams.
When the first game of Basketball was played in Ballarat on May 7th 1909 the participants had little idea of the foundation
they were laying for the future generations.
From these humble beginnings the Ballarat Basketball Association has grown to become one of Australia’s largest and most successful Basketball Associations producing some of the country’s most talented sportsmen and women. Olympians Robin Maher (Gull),Ray Borner and Alison Tranquilli (Cook) as well as NBL Coaches Brian Goorjian, Brendan Joyce and current National team mens coach Andrej Lemanis all started their stellar careers in the development programs of the Ballarat Basketball Association.
Junior development is an important part of the culture of any sporting association and the Ballarat Basketball Association sees this as one of its highest priorities. To ensure that the juniors of today become the champions of tomorrow the Association has established the Ballarat Basketball Foundation.
This Foundation has been established in conjunction with the Australian Sports. Foundation Ltd. (ASF) which provides tax deductible status for donations of $2 or over to the ASF. Donations must be made unconditionally to the ASF, however donors may nominate the Ballarat Basketball Foundation - Junior Sport Development project or Regional Hubs fund as their preferred beneficiary.
All administrative costs of the Foundation will be met by the Ballarat Basketball Association allowing all ASF grants to be spent on the ASF approved project.
The Foundation committee reports to the Basketball Ballarat Committee of Management.
Peter G. Eddy > Foundation Chair
Andrew Day > Foundation Administrator
Tom Lewis > Foundation Member
Sam Short > Ambassador
Junior Scholarship Squad
The Scholarship Squad will be made up of athletes selected from the Ballarat Basketball
Representative Program, the Basketball Australia Intensive Training Centre Program and
from regional Basketball members of the Basketball Victoria State Development Program.
Giving a charitable donation to the Basketball Ballarat Foundation will help support our programs in assisting junior aspiring athletes reach their potential.
We are reliant on the support of the community and hope you can consider making a donation. We would appreciate any support that could be provided.
To make a donation to the Basketball Ballarat Foundation you can:
Send a cheque or money order to: Basketball Ballarat Foundation, P.O Box 3, Wendouree VIC 3355
Partnership Opportunites & Contact
Whether through a partnership or a sponsorship arrangement, the Basketball Ballarat Foundation value support for our junior athletes.
We welcome new partnership opportunities with government, community organisations and corporates and will work closely to meet your social responsibility goals.
To enquire further please contact Andrew Day [email protected]