Ballarat Basketball’s Healthy Living Program, led by the GMHBA Ballarat Miners and Integra Ballarat Rush, is on track for a second consecutive record-breaking community year.
In 2013 Ballarat Basketball donated $76,236 in tickets, merchandise, hospitality packages and program support, and 325 hours of players’ time to the community – club records for donation value and time commitment.
This year the club has already eclipsed the previous record for time committed, with Miners and Rush players spending 462 hours on school visits, basketball skills clinics and other community events promoting a healthy lifestyle.
With $59,560 in tickets, merchandise, hospitality packages and program support donated so far in 2014, the club expects to break the previous donation record by the end of the season.
“The community has been very supportive of us – our attendance this year has been fantastic – so it’s great to be able to give back,” said Elite Teams Administrator Jimmy Hunt.
“We pride ourselves on our players’ activity in the community and how they make lasting impressions on all the people they come into contact with. We set our expectations fairly high for what our players do in the community, but they always surprise us with their compassion, their enthusiasm, and the relationships they build in a relatively short time.”
Miners and Rush players have visited 15 schools in the region and connected with students from many more schools through Ballarat Basketball Primary School competitions, they’ve hosted holiday basketball camps, trained junior basketballers, and promoted basketball at several community events.
“19 of our 25 senior players come from our region of Western Victoria, and hopefully we’re inspiring future generations to maintain the Miners’ and Rush’s identity as truly local teams,” said Hunt.
Ballarat Basketball’s Healthy Living Program is supported by the City of Ballarat, GMHBA, Integra, Mars, Bendigo Bank, Community Telco, McDonald’s Ballarat and Tanya Daniels the Good Guys.