Students from six local high schools were today recognised for their participation in the second year of the No School No Play program.
In a ceremony to mark the conclusion of the program, Mr Husic was joined by Basketball Australia CEO Kristina Keneally, NBL Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Turner, Olympic Head Coach for the Australian Opals Carrie Graf, former Sydney Kings Captain Ben Knight and former NBA and NBL player Steve Carfino.
Federal Chifley MP Ed Husic who has organised the program said he hoped the students who took part would carry the key themes of the program into their futures.
“No School No Play is as much about forming healthy habits to eating and study as it is about shooting the hoops,” Mr Husic said.
“Linking sport and the commitment our sporting elite have to make in order to achieve their goals has proven to be a good way to motivate young people to stay at school and work hard.”
Speaking at today’s ceremony, Basketball Australia CEO Kristina Keneally said she was pleased to see so many local students taking part in the No School No Play program.
“To have 120 students from six schools play their part in No School No Play is a phenomenal achievement,” Ms Keneally said.
“The enthusiasm and commitment these students have shown throughout the program has been remarkable – and I’d like to congratulate every player here today for sticking with their sport, their learning and their healthy living.
“In particular, I’d like to thank Ed Husic for rallying the generous support of our local sponsors to bring basketball to schools in his electorate.”
120 students from six local high schools (Chifley College – Bidwill, Chifley College – Mount Druitt, Chifley College – Shalvey, Evans High School, Plumpton High School and
St Clare’s Catholic High School Hassall Grove) have taken part in the six week program which included basketball skills, refereeing and nutrition.
“I want to thank our corporate partners Woolworths, WentWest, Westpac and Russell Athletics for their continued support,” Mr Husic said.