About Us

The SSS Tournamnent is run over 2 days in the October School Holidays and is open (in  divisions) to all high school teams-boys and girls in Sydney, Australia or overseas. In 2009, Melbourne High School entered the tournament.

The final of the premier division is usually played before a Sydney Kings game at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on a friday or saturday night. The current champions are Scots College (premier) and Patrician Brothers Fairfield (development).

The elite division is sponsored and named after NBL Hall of Famer- Ken Cole

Ken Cole Former Head Coach at the top level in Australia, Dual Olympian, Business Leader, Motivational Speaker and Torch Bearer for the 2000 Olympics.

By all accounts, Mr. Ken Cole is considered one of the greatest Australian basketball players and coaches of all time. No stranger to controversy, Mr. Cole’s innovative winning strategies and charismatic influence transformed the very core of Australian sports culture. An unparalleled sports and business success, Mr. Cole remains a lightning rod and media icon, living a whirlwind of monumental challenges and victories. As a dual Olympian and one of the top three all-time coaches in international basketball, Mr. Cole defines the concept of an industry legend.  As a world proven, disciplined leader, mere summaries of his extensive business and sports careers inevitably fail to do him justice.  Mr. Cole single-handedly redefined Australian basketball – and that was just the beginning.

Mr. Cole is universally recognized as a powerful leader.  His unmatched winning records stand with the best in any sport, in any country.  Incorporating controversy into a unique formula for victory, Mr. Cole achieved a level of success and media attention that few have ever achieved in basketball or otherwise.

Beyond successful coaching and playing careers, Mr. Cole sought new challenges – he decided to apply a lifetime of team building and game winning tactics to the major leagues of business. However, in the midst of this transition, Mr. Cole entered into a battle with his most formidable opponent: diabetes. Requiring a litany of medications just to cope with the incredible pain caused by neuropathy, the best medical advice was simply to continue on painkillers until all the nerve endings in his feet were dead.  Forced to use a cane for walking even the shortest distance, he had had enough. Not about to admit his first major defeat, and faced with life threatening complications and rapidly failing health, Mr. Cole rebounded to control his disease through nutrition and lifestyle. Mr. Cole has reduced his insulin by half, eliminated all other medications, and resumed a daily workout regimen. And so began a lifelong commitment to help every diabetic share in his win.
Mr. Cole eventually moved on to become highly successful in several industries, excelling within the brutally competitive markets of U.S. subcontractor labor, nutritional supplementation, health, fitness, and international trade.

Ken will be in Sydney to present his trophy in 2012.

The Sydney Schools Shootout is also sponsored by the Sydney Kings NBL franchise, Sydney Basketball League and HR Hoops.

Boys

The SSS Tournament is run over 2 days in the October School Holidays and is open (in 3 divisions) to all high school teams in Sydney, Australia or overseas. In 2009, Melbourne High School entered the tournament and 2015 saw the participation of Bellflower High, CA, USA.

The final of the premier division is usually played before a Sydney Kings game.

The elite division is sponsored and named after NBL Hall of Famer- Ken Cole.

Ken Cole Former Head Coach at the top level in Australia, Dual Olympian, Business Leader, Motivational Speaker and Torch Bearer for the 2000 Olympics.

Girls

The SSS Tournament is run over 1 day in the April School Holidays and is open (in 2 divisions) to all high school teams in Sydney, Australia or overseas.

The elite division is sponsored and named after WNBL Hall of Famer- Karen Dalton

Head Coach and former player at the top level in Australia winning Olympic and World championship medals.