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Jambinu Basketball Academy

Jambinu Basketball Academy


Three, two, one…CHAMPIONS! This basketball program’s the JBA. It means Jambinu Basketball Academy. And the word Jambinu in Aboriginal means the region of Geraldton. It’s to improve not just basketball, but change in their lifestyles and how they look at it. Show them different pathways. We’ve got
life sessions in there where we get people come in and talk about things
other than basketball, they talk about healthy relationships, unhealthy
relationships, they talk about nutrition, they talk about all the good stuff, the bad stuff
and it’s just another different spin on life. Small wins come in ways of say
the kids developing their basketball skills for one in a friendly environment
and also picking up on some some good life skills stuff that JP and the team
put together for the kids at least once a day. I got involved because I think
it’s a great idea for any Aboriginal person to to give back I suppose to
their people to their community. The friendships that are being created here is pretty amazing to be able to bring two people who didn’t know you know each
other’s names to be able to bring them and start that bond with them
between each other is pretty special and yeah their skills are definitely improving
by the second that they’re here. So yeah, it’s it’s not only just taught the kids a lot it has taught me a lot too so I guess in the long run a lot of kids like
me can learn a lot too because like Ike, JP, Huia, Lennell, they all like they’re
just really helpful with kids my age so for them to bring me in and help me help
other kids younger than me it’s really good so if this program could go like a
long way a lot of people like the whole community will be better. Coming out as a
mentor and as a coach I learnt that taking responsibility for yourself and I
learned to get along with everyone also learn to take control when
everything’s going crazy you know how kids go but at the moment
they’re good kids and they need to understand it, they here, they young,
they want top have fun, but we here to teach them also there’s a lot of things
you cannot do and yeah help them, help them live that. It’s really fun to do. It’s good for something to do on the holidays and to
keep kids off the streets. You can actually do something in the day instead of just staying home watching TV and being lazy. It’s pretty good, it’s good to get out of the house once in a while. It’s fun and I really like it and other kids like it too. So we don’t be bored on the holidays. It’s because I play basketball and this year I’m going down for country week. All us Geraldton boys and the Mully boys, we get together as a big group and we start doing more training and
that. It’s been good lately, I have been doing a couple of push-ups here and there. But yeah, I’ve been learning off that. My best part of program is doing drills and playing games and just making friends with other people. Shout out to JP, Ike, Huia and Lenny for getting it all together. Yeah big shout out to them. Three, two, one…CHAMPIONS!

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