Spooky Hal­loween hoops help health

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - By CLAY­TON BEN­NETT

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

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