Young people aged between 12 and 18 are preparing to take to the court next month, when a free nationwide program comes to Knox for the first time.
Midnight Basketball Australia aims to provide positive opportunities for young people through learning new skills and playing sport. The launch of the 7-week tournament will be at Boronia Stadium on Saturday 14 February 2015.
The program provides free basketball games running from 7:30pm to midnight on Saturday nights, as well as a free dinner and transportation via a shuttle bus service from the venue.
Knox Mayor Peter Lockwood said he was thrilled the program would be available for young people in Knox.
“I warmly welcome the Midnight Basketball program to Knox,” Mayor Lockwood said. “These weekend tournaments will provide Knox’s young people with a safe and fun space to spend their Saturday nights.
“The Knox community will benefit greatly from the Midnight Basketball tournament and I am sure residents will embrace and support this wonderful opportunity for our young people.”
The time clock will start ticking when the program starts on Saturday 14 February at Boronia Stadium.
Each week young people participating in the program will attend a compulsory life skills workshop which aims to increase knowledge and skills on topics such as teamwork, leadership, job readiness and respectful relationships.
Knox residents attended a community meeting held at Council in September last year and committed support for the program.
Midnight Basketball Australia is seeking volunteers for its new Knox program.
For more information and to register please visit www.midnightbasketball.org.au/Knox