Media Release
Written by Jaylee Ismay
15 May, 2024

Basketball NSW is proud to announce a significant milestone in its delivery of the 2023-2025 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan by unveiling the Assist All Hoops Program, a basketball program for young people with an intellectual impairment.

The Assist All Hoops Program became a reality thanks to the support of the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services, Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Social and Community Participation 2023-24 grant. 

The Assist All Hoops Program has been specifically designed for young people with an intellectual impairment while mirroring Basketball NSW’s existing offerings. The Program offers participants the opportunity to participate at the grassroots level, builds capacity through upskilling parents, carers, and community members to coach and umpire, and nurtures talent through a clear pathway and is scheduled to be rolled out from 1 July 2024.

We thank Sport Inclusion Australia for their invaluable guidance and support of the Assist All Hoops program. We are pleased to have them on board as a strategic partner.

“Our goal is to make basketball accessible for everyone. Thanks to this funding, we can now focus on providing people with a disability the opportunity to participate in basketball in a cohesive way. Our approach is based on research, resources, capacity building, and programs. We are grateful to have the support of Disability Sport Australia, and we know their ongoing guidance will help us on this journey. Additionally, we are looking for partners to help us expand this initiative and create more opportunities for participation.  We welcome all organisations to connect with us and get involved.” said Maria Nordstrom, CEO Basketball NSW. 

Robyn Smith, the CEO of Sporting Inclusion Australia, added, “Sport Inclusion Australia is delighted to collaborate with Basketball NSW on this exciting project, which aims to deliver basketball to more people with a disability across the state who want to play this great game. It will also work to promote basketball as an inclusive sport and attract young people with a disability who have never had a previous opportunity.    Sport Inclusion Australia believes this model delivered in New South Wales will establish a working model for other States/Territories and potentially our neighbours in the Pacific.”

Basketball NSW is actively looking for an Assist All Hoops Program Administrator. The selected candidate will begin their employment in June 2024. To view the job advertisement, please click HERE.

The Assist All Hoops Program is more than just a basketball initiative. It represents progress and Basketball NSW’s commitment to inclusivity.

Click HERE to be redirected to the dedicated Assist All Hoops webpage.

About Basketball NSW

Basketball NSW is the governing body for basketball in New South Wales, Australia. Established in 1938, it has a rich history of promoting and developing the game throughout the state. As an affiliated member of Basketball Australia (BA), the national governing body, Basketball NSW is committed to growing and advancing the sport at all levels.

With a strong focus on supporting its members, stakeholders, and the basketball community, Basketball NSW strives to create opportunities for all to participate in this all-inclusive sport. Currently boasting over 95,000+ registered members across New South Wales, Basketball NSW provides a platform for individuals of all genders, ages, and abilities to engage in the game they love.

Basketball NSW dedicates itself to the sport with passion and a commitment to excellence. It works tirelessly to promote the game’s growth through initiatives, programs, and competitions for players, coaches, officials, and administrators, earning a reputation for professionalism, integrity, and innovation.

Basketball NSW is dedicated to promoting the game, developing talent, and building a strong basketball culture across the state. With a proud history and an ambitious vision for the future, Basketball NSW continues to significantly impact the basketball landscape in New South Wales and beyond.

About Sport Inclusion Australia

Sport Inclusion Australia, formerly AUSRAPID, is a national sporting organisation established in 1986 to assist the inclusion of people with an intellectual impairment into the mainstream community using sport as the medium. Sport Inclusion Australia has worked within the Australian sporting sector with outstanding success and is proud of the increasing numbers of sporting organisations and clubs taking responsibility for inclusion with the focus on ability and based on social inclusion principles.

Click HERE to be redirected to Sport Inclusion Australia’s website.

About Australian Government Department of Social Services

Their mission is to improve the economic and social wellbeing of individuals, families and vulnerable members of Australian communities.

Click HERE to be redirected to the Australian Government Department of Social Services website.

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