Helpers needed for new tourney

After months of planning, the Midnight Basketball Griffith Volunteer Management Committee has successfully set up its eight-week tournament to be held on Friday nights at Westend Stadium.

The players are ready and the committee is inviting all community members to help make it happen and be a part of its success.

Midnight Basketball needs 15 volunteers every tournament night to help with tasks such as serving dinner, setting up workshop rooms, managing teams, scoring, refereeing and driving buses and the Griffith committee is calling locals to lend a hand.

Midnight Basketball Australia chief executive Tess White said anyone can become a volunteer.

“Volunteers come from so many different backgrounds, it is profound to witness,” White said.

“They care and help provide a safe and fun environment to provide this important program on Friday nights so that the youth can enjoy a positive activity, form friendships and benefit from the life skills workshops.

“By getting involved you will meet the inspiring Midnight Basketball youth and they also will be able to meet a diverse range of community members who impart knowledge, kindness and access to future opportunities.

“The success of Midnight Basketball would not be possible without the support that volunteers provide on every night of every tournament around Australia.”

Commonwealth Bank Griffith branch manager Jacinta Schliebs said Midnight Basketball was an incredible initiative.

“As founding partner, our people have donated thousands of volunteering hours nationally since 2007, including volunteering on tournament nights and running Financial Literacy Workshops,” Schliebs said.

“We encourage everyone to come along and get involved.”

Volunteers commonly report they find their volunteer experience rewarding because it is a contribution of time that is providing practical solutions.

It can also provide volunteers with other benefits.

Midnight Basketball Marrickville tournament manager Adam Woods said his role had given him increased job prospects.

“I was chosen for a very good job at a prestigious Sydney private school and they told me they were very impressed by my experience of managing the Midnight Basketball program – so it definitely benefited me,” Woods said.

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