Grant gives youth basketball program a lift

Horizon looking bright: Griffin Longley with Night Hoops program leaders Troy Kelly and Pricilla Kelly.Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d447543
Horizon looking bright: Griffin Longley with Night Hoops program leaders Troy Kelly and Pricilla Kelly.Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d447543

Lifting Horizons was one of 19 organisations around the country which received the $50,000 Medibank Community Grants.

Night Hoops committee chair Griffin Longley said it was amazing to see the local community�s support for the program, with the grant awarded thanks to locals voting for the program.

�It really shows us that people see the value in providing opportunities for all young people, including those who are at-risk, to engage, strive and shine,� he said.

�People get that prevention is better than cure and that getting young people active and connected is the best way to help them make positive choices and break the cycle of disadvantage.

�We will use the money to help run Night Hoops tournaments in Fremantle/Cockburn, Midland and Mandurah through 2016.�

Medibank corporate social responsibility and wellbeing head Rita Marigliani said Lifting Horizons was one of just 14 winners who received hundreds of votes.

It was one of a number of recent funding boosts for Lifting Horizons, including a $40,000 Department of Sport and Recreation Youth Engagement Scheme grant and a $10,000 Fremantle Impact 100 grant.