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Launch Night Series

Midnight Basketball has had a makeover for 2018 as the LAUNCH Night Series takes over the popular basketball tournament.

The tournament for 12-18 year olds pairs basketball with workshops covering everything from tertiary education opportunities to how to deal with cyber bullying. 

Coach Sean Hutton says the program is a great chance for young people of all levels to learn some new skills while throwing the ball around with mates.

“Young people are getting life skills out of the program and it broadens their perspective on things they should be considering going into adulthood,” Hutton says.

Each week the young basketballers are asked for their feedback, which is used to tailor the program so they’re getting exactly what they want out of it.

Hutton has been a coach since the program started and says one of the best things is seeing everyone growing and learning from each other.

“There are a lot of different people and walks of life,” he says.

“For some, it’s a safe space for four hours a night and they can be on a level playing field regardless of their skills, the colour of their skin or how much money they have.

“We encourage people from all walks of life to get involved because they all rub off on each other and broaden their horizons.”

He says the goal of the program is to show young people that you need more in life than pure talent.

“Attitude is very heavily rewarded, because ultimately the program is about providing good role models and setting good examples for them,” he says.

“When they get into the big wide world, what you’re rewarded for is not just being talented or technically good – attitude is a very heavy factor in life.”

Registration is now open for the first seven-week tournament, which kicks off on May 12.


See the event listing.

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