San Antonio Spurs and Australian Boomers guard Patty Mills announced the opening dates for his groundbreaking Indigenous Community Basketball League (ICBL).
The competition will run across eight locations in Australia, including Thursday Island, Cairns, Logan, Dubbo, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin and Perth — tipping off on February 7, 2021, with a National Tournament set for April 2021 on the Gold Coast.
In August 2020, Mills launched Indigenous Basketball Australia (IBA) — a program focused on providing pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to play basketball, just one of many ways the Aussie star is giving back to the community.
The tournaments not only provide a pathway to the next level in basketball for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, but will focus on preserving cultural practices, strengthening and promoting their individual identity and promote education, health, safety and wellbeing — a first of its kind program in Australian sport.
“To continue my efforts as a leader for my people and to follow my family’s legacy of providing legitimate opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through my sport of basketball is the true outcome of my personal success and accomplishments.” Mills said.
“What we will do with the IBA programs and competitions has never been done before and is the first-of-its-kind in this country’s sporting environment. It’s game-changing and we’re creating history.”
The inaugural competition targets under-14s players, a pivotal age for both physical and emotional development, says the three-time Olympian.
“As a starting point, we will begin with the age group of under 14. The early adolescence years are crucial for a child’s cognitive, emotional and social development – our complementary programs throughout the competitions of IBA will support these kids and their communities in embracing their culture and unlocking ones full potential in an environment that is safe and free from any discrimination,” Mills added.
“We want to give them the best possible chance to succeed. As we grow, we will expand to more regions and more age groups.”
Indigenous Community Basketball League – 2021
|Torres Strait (Thursday Island)||THURSDAY ISLAND SPORT COMPLEX Loban Road, Thursday Island|
|North Queensland (Cairns)||CAIRNS BASKETBALL STADIUM 289 Aumuller Street, Manunda|
|South Queensland (Logan)||CORNUBIA PARK SPORTS COMPLEX 146-170 Bryants Rd, Shailer Park|
|New South Wales (Dubbo)||DUBBO SPORTSWORLD 163 Sheraton Rd, Dubbo|
|South Australia (Adelaide)||WESTSIDE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION 109 Woodville Road, Woodville|
|Northern Territory Country (Alice Springs)||ALICE SPRINGS BASKETBALL STADIUM 5 Traeger Avenue, Alice Springs|
|Northern Territory Metro (Darwin)||DARWIN BASKETBALL STADIUM Abala Road, Marrara|
|Western Australia (Perth)||WARWICK LEISURE CENTRE Cnr Warwick & Wanneroo Road, Warwick|
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