FREMANTLE Dockers players spent some time shooting some hoops with local children at the Hilton PCYC to launch the Beyond the Game project on Wednesday night.
The project will see the Fremantle player group spend time in the afternoon with the children from Night Hoops and PCYC playing basketball and taking part in team building exercises.
Fremantle Docker Griffin Logue said he was happy to be a part of the night.
“The position we are in is a privileged position, which I really cherish and never take for granted,” he said.
“If I can go and hang out about with a few kids and muck around and have fun, by myself and lighten someone’s else’s day then I’m really happy to be a part of it.”
Logue said he hoped they could continue putting on similar nights.
“I want to see this program go somewhere big, maybe our own facility would be unreal,” he said.
“I just want to keep doing stuff and helping kids around the local neighbourhood, you can’t get much better than that.”
WA PCYC area manager Julie Gorman said programs like Beyond the Game were important for the kids as they provided a feeling that someone cared for them.
“That people care enough to come down to PCYC to spend some time with them, teach them some skills,” she said.
“I think that boosts their confidence and they feel that they are a valued part of the community.
“I think the best thing I have seen so far is the players coming down on a regular basis and doing lots of great activities.”
PCYC regular Lenny Jones (9) said the best thing about the centre was the pool and playing computer games.