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So much to look forward to. A young student from a low...
by Joe Wallace the 19/2/2020
Category : How does Basketball changes lives
New Zealand
There is poverty in New Zealand, like anywhere in the world. Basketball New Zealand worked on putting together a pilot to show how organisations could fund quality hoops and basketballs into low decile schools where quality sporting equipment could not be paid for or justified, especially when budgets were needed to cover basics like stationary. This image was taken after the court was opened and the local kids were given the opportunity to play. Principal Homai School, Bathsheba Tofilau, said this was a big day for her students. “Before we got the hoops, we didn’t have any. We tried some old cheap ones, but they were broken and often fell over. Now we have some that are safe and it means that the kids are now playing basketball. I think the thing for these kids is that they can enjoy proper size and sturdy hoops, ones that will be here for a long time. “We get limited funding. Something like these hoops are extras on top of the priorities, like special needs or staff necessities. This should be a necessity, because it means our kids are engaged in physical fitness before school, during lunchtimes and after school, but the money we have is never enough to cover important things like this. Often schools have to rely on grants for such things, which should be part and parcel of the school environment. These hoops will make a difference to our children and our community.” Girls especially had limited limited opportunities in this poor suburb of New Zealand, yet the opportunities for female players in basketball offers a pathway to college educations. The chance to see the smiles, laughter and joy from the young kiwi kids on court this day was one of the best days in Basketball New Zealand's year.
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Title:
So much to look forward to. A young student from a low...

Author:
Joe Wallace

Category:
How does Basketball changes lives

Description:
There is poverty in New Zealand, like anywhere in the world. Basketball New Zealand worked on putting together a pilot to show how organisations could fund quality hoops and basketballs into low decile schools where quality sporting equipment could not be paid for or justified, especially when budgets were needed to cover basics like stationary. This image was taken after the court was opened and the local kids were given the opportunity to play. Principal Homai School, Bathsheba Tofilau, said this was a big day for her students. “Before we got the hoops, we didn’t have any. We tried some old cheap ones, but they were broken and often fell over. Now we have some that are safe and it means that the kids are now playing basketball. I think the thing for these kids is that they can enjoy proper size and sturdy hoops, ones that will be here for a long time. “We get limited funding. Something like these hoops are extras on top of the priorities, like special needs or staff necessities. This should be a necessity, because it means our kids are engaged in physical fitness before school, during lunchtimes and after school, but the money we have is never enough to cover important things like this. Often schools have to rely on grants for such things, which should be part and parcel of the school environment. These hoops will make a difference to our children and our community.” Girls especially had limited limited opportunities in this poor suburb of New Zealand, yet the opportunities for female players in basketball offers a pathway to college educations. The chance to see the smiles, laughter and joy from the young kiwi kids on court this day was one of the best days in Basketball New Zealand's year.

Opening exhibition
on JuLY 24th 2020