Half-time with bas­ket­ball he­roes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Workplace -

LO­CAL ju­nior bas­ket­ball teams have the op­por­tu­nity to play again in front of thou­sands of fans, with the re­turn of Half­time with Hawai­ian.

The half-time ini­tia­tive will re­turn for the 2015-16 Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League sea­son dur­ing Perth Wild­cats home games, af­ter the part­ner­ship be­tween the Wild­cats and WA prop­erty group Hawai­ian was re­newed.

Perth Wild­cats man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nick Marvin said the half­time ini­tia­tive was one of the most-loved el­e­ments of home games at Perth Arena.

“To give ju­nior bas­ket­ball play­ers from dif­fer­ent back­grounds the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing in front of over 10,000 fans, on the same court as their he­roes, is fan­tas­tic and some­thing they’ll never for­get,” he said. “In­spir­ing young peo­ple is a big part of what we do and Half­time with Hawai­ian re­ally pro­vides an im­por­tant plat­form for this.”

Hawai­ian di­rec­tor and chief ex­ec­u­tive Rus­sell Gibbs said the part­ner­ship played an im­por­tant role in the com­pany’s com­mu­nity pro­gram.

“One el­e­ment of our com­mu­nity pro­gram is around giv­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to help in­spire and en­gage with our lo­cal com­mu­nity groups,” he said.

“Help­ing these kids have the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing on the same court as some of their bas­ket­ball idols is some­thing we’re proud to make a re­al­ity.”

Ju­nior bas­ket­ball teams can ap­ply for the chance to take part at www.hawai­ian.com.au/com­mu­nity.


Damian Martin and Casey Prather with Mia Pronk, Blake Costello and Ella Pronk (10).

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