Lifting Horizons Night Hoops program helps kids to aim for stars

Night Hoops committee chairman Griffin Longley with leaders Troy Kelly and Pricilla Kelly.Picture: Will Russell         www.communitypix.com.au   d447543
Night Hoops committee chairman Griffin Longley with leaders Troy Kelly and Pricilla Kelly.Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d447543

A $50,000 grant will go a long way for local not-for-profit group Lifting Horizons.

The organisation, which runs the Night Hoops program in Hamilton Hill, uses basketball to help young people connect with each other while learning life skills and engaging with the local community.

Lifting Horizons was one of 19 organisations to receive a Medibank Community Grant.

Night Hoops committee chairman Griffin Longley said it was amazing to see the local community’s support 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 that received hundreds of votes.

Lifting Horizons has recently won other funding support, including a $40,000 Department of Sport and Recreation Youth Engagement Scheme grant and a $10,000 Fremantle Impact 100 grant.