Students from three local primary schools were treated with a visit by players and staff from the Sydney Kings Basketball Team yesterday.
The visits were organised by Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic who was keen for students to hear from elite athletes how good nutrition and good study habits helped them to achieve their goals.
Sydney Kings General Manager – Bob Turner brought with him former player and Assistant Coach – Tim Hudson, and young NBL hopefuls Ben Hollis, Jarrad Weeks and Nathan Wilson. Coach Ian Robilliard was able to attend for part of the day.
Several hundred students from Wilmott Public School, Tregear Public School and Good Shepherd Primary School, Plumpton participated in a question and answer session before taking part in a brief skills demonstration and clinic.
“Judging from the noise and laughter coming from the students, they are really excited and engaged by the players” Mr Husic said.
“In my first speech to parliament, I highlighted the challenge we have in this area, keeping kids engaged at school and the effects that has on their future prospects.
“I indicated then, that was going to be a big focus on my parliamentary career and I’m delighted at the response we’ve had to this event.”
Mr Husic stressed that this was the first of many similar programs he plans to hold in local schools.
“I want to thank the Sydney Kings and each of the schools for their participation in this day.” Mr Husic said.