Spooky Halloween hoops help health
DARWIN’S young people might be scared into living longer at a Halloween basketball event next week.
Hoops4Health Aboriginal Corporation will host the event at the Malak half-court from 4pm on Thursday — and entrants are encouraged to dress up.
Organiser Timmy Duggan said all were welcome to join in the three-on-three competition or cheer the players.
‘‘Come and have a look,’’ he said. ‘‘The slogan is ‘show us your trick and we’ll give you some treats’.’’
Hoops4Health gives its students training in basketball as well as teaching them how to live a healthy lifestyle off the court.
‘‘We use basketball to get people to be happy and live healthy,’’ Mr Duggan said.
‘‘We’re excited to have this event at the half court — it’s open to the public and it’s free,’’ he said.
Joining in on the fun will be acclaimed former NBL basketball player Deba George, known in the sport as ‘‘The Dunking Machine’’.
George impressed last time he was in town by dunking over local basketballer Keisha Tinley in a slamdunk exhibition.
Top End youth who have taken part in program Getting Jiggy With Hoops will help to co-ordinate the event.
Participants Joe Thardim, 16, and Eileen Pollard, 15, said they hoped people came to the court and took part.
Joe Thardim, 16, and Eileen Pollard, 15, are ready for a fright at the Hoops4Health Halloween basketball event next week