IBA announce Indigenous Community Basketball league

IBA announce Indigenous Community Basketball league

Indigenous Basketball Australia (IBA) is proud to announce details of their first basketball competition, Indigenous Community Basketball League (ICBL) that aims to provide a pathway for participation and success for the next generation of Aboriginal youths and Torres Strait Islander youths.

Under the powerful tagline ‘Own Your Story’, the competition will target under 14 year olds and will run across eight locations in Australia, inclusive of the Torres Strait Islands with the first round scheduled to tip off on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Founded by three-time Olympian, NBA Champion and proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian Patty Mills, the programs delivered by the IBA are centred by the core principles of culture, education, health, safety and wellbeing. The community basketball competitions, national tournaments and development camps facilitated by the IBA will allow young Indigenous people to preserve cultural practices, strengthen and promote their individual identity while also leading a healthy lifestyle. Collectively, this is a National first in Australian sport.

ICBL is the first competition aimed at discovering, engaging, supporting and empowering Aboriginal youths and Torres Strait Islander youths in a safe and positive environment. Beginning at a grassroots level, the programs will provide a platform for aspiring players to progress into basketball leagues in Australia and across the world, as well as Australian national basketball teams.

“To continue my efforts as a leader for my people and to follow my family’s legacy of providing legitimate opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through my sport of basketball is the true outcome of my personal success and accomplishments.” says Patty Mills.

“What we will do with the IBA programs and competitions has never been done before and is the first-of-its-kind in this country’s sporting environment. It’s game changing and we’re creating history.

He adds, “As a starting point, we will begin with the age group of under 14. The early adolescence years are crucial for a child’s cognitive, emotional and social development - our complementary programs

throughout the competitions of IBA will support these kids and their communities in embracing their culture and unlocking ones full potential in an environment that is safe and free from any discrimination. We want to give them the best possible chance to succeed. As we grow, we will expand to more regions and more age groups.”

Harnessing the spirit of the IBA’s commitment to pathway development, each player competing in the ICBL will automatically be in the running for selection to represent their region, and proudly sport

their state colours at the National Indigenous Basketball Tournament on Queensland’s Gold Coast in April 2021.

Unique to this program are the ‘Inspirational and Motivational Sessions’ that will complement the weekly competitions. Role models and motivational speakers will share their personal stories of setting and achieving goals and will also be offering their support to the participants on their journey to success.

“As a proud Torres Strait Islander, I am incredibly supportive of Indigenous Basketball Australia and the real opportunity it would bring to my people - both on and off the court.” adds Nathan Jawai, Australian Boomers and Cairns Taipans representative.

“The IBA model will see young players supported in a positive and safe environment to fulfil their dreams; equipping them with invaluable tools, skills and experience to flourish and succeed. I strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths to sign up today to participate in the Indigenous Community Basketball League and the innovative IBA programs. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing the talent of tomorrow emerge and sharing the same court as them one day.“

The Indigenous Community Basketball League dates and locations are as follows:

  • Torres Strait (Thursday Island)
  • North Queensland (Cairns)
  • South Queensland (Logan)
  • New South Wales (Dubbo)
  • South Australia (Adelaide)
  • Northern Territory Country (Alice Springs)
  • Northern Territory Metro (Darwin)
  • Western Australia (Perth)

ALL REGIONS DATES: (Except NSW)

  • Sun, Jan 31: Team Trainings
  • Sun, Feb 7: Opening Ceremony / Round 1
  • Sun, Feb 14: Round 2
  • Sun, Feb 21: Round 3
  • Sun, Feb 28: Round 4
  • Sun, Mar 7: Round 5
  • Sun, Mar 14: Round 6
  • Sun, Mar 21: Semi Finals
  • Sun, Mar 28: Grand Finals

NSW REGION DATES:

  • Sun, Jan 31: Team Trainings
  • Sun, Feb 7: Opening Ceremony / Round 1
  • Sun, Feb 14: Round 2
  • Sun, Feb 28: Round 3
  • Sun, Mar 14: Round 4
  • Sun, Mar 21: Semi Finals and Grand Finals

Aboriginal youths and Torres Strait Islander youths who are under 14 years old in the 8 regions identified are encouraged to register for the ICBL by visiting the official IBA website where they will find the contact details of their Regional Coordinator.

 

Source: Indigenous Basketball Australia Media Release