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Program teaching the game of life

Thursday, 17th February, 2011

GAME ON: Midnight Basketball competitor Jusara Caple is ready for the start for the new tournament. (Picture: Darrin Manuel). GAME ON: Midnight Basketball competitor Jusara Caple is ready for the start for the new tournament. (Picture: Darrin Manuel).

"The players really played good basketball," Mr Curtis told the BDT.


The participants, who are all between 12 and 18 years old, are picked up from home in a hired bus about 7:30pm, taken to R.K. Sanderson Stadium in Boughtman Street, and dropped back home before midnight.


They take part in workshops aimed at learning life skills, play a couple of basketball games, and are given a dinner.


"And it doesn't cost them a cent," said Mr Curtis.


Volunteers cook the dinners and also supervise on the bus trip to and from home.


Last year's two tournaments were very popular with local teenagers, with between 40 and 60 attending the each night, according to Mr Curtis.


He also said they were looking for someone to fill the position of tournament organiser, which was vacated by Erin Seward when she quit to focus more on her job as a nurse.


Mr Curtis said applications were open until the end of the week for people interested in trying their hand at the role.


"We know there are some people who are interested," he said.


Anyone interested in joining Midnight Basketball may register online by logging on to www.midnightbasketball.org.au/Locations/Broken Hill.

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