Night Hoops wins ‘game-changer’

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

A PRO­GRAM help­ing at-risk youth through Satur­day night bas­ket­ball has won the 2016 Im­pact100 Fre­man­tle grant.

The Night Hoops pro­gram, which aims to give 12 to 18yearolds from Fre­man­tle and Cock­burn a safe and en­gag­ing ac­tiv­ity, took out the Fre­man­tle Foun­da­tion’s Im­pact100 ma­jor grant of $100,000.

Fre­man­tle Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Dy­lan Smith said donors voted for the or­gan­i­sa­tion as an ideal ex­am­ple of this year’s theme – pro­mot­ing cul­tural and so­cial con­nec­tion.

“Grif­fin (Longley), Paul (Malone) and the team at Night Hoops do in­cred­i­ble work run­ning their in­clu­sion pro­gram for at-risk youth and re­ceiv­ing this grant will hope­fully be a real game-changer for them,” he said.

“We’re ex­cited to be in­volved with Night Hoops’ jour­ney over the next 24 months and be­yond.

“Our fo­cus now goes to­wards build­ing Im­pact100 Fre­man­tle for next year and we want to grow the cul­ture of giv­ing and phi­lan­thropy in Fre­man­tle.”

Fi­nal­ists Fre­man­tle Men's Shed, Mu­seum of Mov­ing Ob­jects and the Perth Sym­phony Orches­tra all re­ceived a $5000 grant.

The new Night Hoops sea­son has just started at Wally Ha­gan Sta­dium in Hamil­ton Hill. Visit

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Night Hoops’ Paul Malone and Grif­fin Longley.

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