BQ Supports Indigenous Community Basketball League
Basketball Queensland (BQ) is proud to support Indigenous Basketball Australia (IBA) and the Indigenous Community Basketball League (ICBL), aiming to provide a pathway for participation and success for the next generation of Aboriginal youths and Torres Strait Islander youths.
Under the powerful tagline ‘Own Your Story’, the ICBL is aimed at under 14 year olds and will run across eight locations in Australia, inclusive of the Torres Strait Islands with the first round scheduled to tip off on Sunday, February 7, 2021.
Three of the eight competing regions are in Queensland with Torres Strait based on Thursday Island, Queensland North based in Cairns and Queensland South based in Logan.
“Basketball Queensland has thrown its full support behind Indigenous Basketball Australia and their Indigenous Community Basketball League. The ICBL will be the first competition of its kind run in Australia and it is an amazing initiative put together by Indigenous basketballer and NBA champion Patty Mills and supported by the NBA’s JrNBA program”, BQ’s Indigenous Pathways Manager (South) Michael Cedar said.
“BQ feels extremely privileged to be involved and to have three regions run in Queensland (Thursday Island, Cairns and Logan).
"This will only help the Indigenous talent of this state get the opportunity to play this great game and aligns with the aims of our BQ Indigenous Pathways Program”.
Founded by three-time Olympian and proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian Patty Mills, IBA aims to deliver programs centred by the core principles of culture, education, health, safety and wellbeing.
Beginning at a grassroots level, IBA programs will provide a platform for aspiring players to progress into basketball leagues in Australia and across the world, as well as Australian national basketball teams.
IBA are already making huge strides in Australia's sporting landscape after announcing their collaboration with the NBA's Jr.NBA earlier today.
For more information on IBA and ICBL click here.
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