STIRLING Senators and Perth-based charity 12 Buckets have recentlycapped off a successful basketball season for primary school students.
The Senators and 12 Buckets ran a basketball program during the winter season, which featured North Balga, Balga and Koondoola primary schools.
The program aims to help kids who were struggling to connect socially or academically.
North Balga won the championship for the under-12s division two winter competition while Koondoola Rockets and Balga Rockets enjoyed great seasons but missed out on the grand final.
US imports Kyle and Kara Lindbergh coached the North Balga and Balga throughout the competition held at Warwick Stadium.
Illawarra Hawks power forward Cody Ellis, who played for the Stirling Senators this year, coached the Koondoola Rockets.
12 Buckets chief executive Travis Fitch said there was an extra weight behind the advice of professional athletes for the students.
“I have watched from the side, with great pleasure, those ‘corridor’ moments when Cody, Kyle and Kara would see one of the students at the stadium and remember them by name,” he said.
“You can see the head of that student go up and their chest puff out with the powerful understanding that ‘they know my name’.”
Mr Fitch said the charity were in talks with the Senators to bring back the coaches next season.
“We are in discussion with the Senators and with Kyle and Kara at present and hope to be able to have them back from the US,” he said.
“We would love Cody’s involvement again, but know that his own career aspirations are really important – so we remain grateful for his presence in our program so far and look forward to watching what unfolds for him.
“One thing we know, the Boyare Rockets will be joining the squad, bringing us to four teams.”