Hoops bring joy to kids
FREMANTLE Dockers players spent some time shooting hoops with local children at the Hilton PCYC to launch the Beyond the Game project last Wednesday night.
The project will see the Fremantle player group spend time in the afternoon with the children from Night Hoops and PCYC playing basketball and taking part in team building exercises.
Fremantle Docker Griffin Logue said he was happy to be a part of the night.
“The position we are in is a privileged position which I really cherish and never take for granted,” he said.
“If I can go and hang out with a few kids and muck around, have fun and lighten someone else’s day, then I’m really happy to be a part of it.”
Logue said he hoped they could continue putting on similar nights.
“I want to see this program go somewhere big; maybe our own facility would be unreal,” he said.
“I just want to keep doing stuff and helping kids around the local neighbourhood. You can’t get much better than that.”
WA PCYC area manager Julie Gorman said programs such as Beyond the Game were important for children as they provided a feeling that someone cared for them.
“That people care enough to come down to PCYC to spend some time with them, teach them some skills, I think that boosts their confidence and they feel that they are a valued part of the community,” she said.
“I think the best thing I have seen so far is the players coming down on a regular basis and doing lots of great activities.”