Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children basketball camp

On the 13th and 14th of December, the Brian Kerle Basketballtek Academy held a two day clinic for 65 Indigenous youth from Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Gympie,  Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Toowoomba, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Guest coaches included Nate Tate, CJ Bruton, Andre Moore, Jesse Hilleary, Jason Owens and Head Coach Dave Hilleary, as well as players from the Academy.

The guest coaches spoke to the players about good health, training hard and the value of education. The basketball training involved individual work on all facets of the game, including shooting and rebounding, as well as team offense and defense. Following these sessions they played half court and full court games.

One of the highlights of the clinic was an inspirational meeting with Jesse Williams, Seattle Seahawks NFL player. Jesse talked to the group about importance of continuing with school and study while you follow your dreams.

Each player was given a basketball and a T-shirt, kindly donated by Arthur Williams. Triple M, Channel 9, Red Cross, McDonalds, Coke and Magic 882 provided tremendous prizes and giveaways for each player. Pop Dickenson from Super Camps Australia also gifted free entry to his Super Camp in January.

It has been a long time since I have been involved with such a great group of young Australians. Of the 65 young players, 15 have been invited to train at the Academy during the 2016 school holidays and to also play games with the Academy teams. It was also pleasing to have almost 20 talented young girls attend. - Brian Kerle

Special thanks goes to Sonia Williams, Indigenous Community Engagement Officer, Gumurrii Student Support Unit, Griffith University and Robyn Silcox who were a great help in putting the event together.

Keep an eye on our website for the dates of three more clinics and an Indigenous Tournament coming in 2016.