Sydney Kings supports grass-roots basketball

The Sydney Kings is continuing to provided a solid foundation for junior basketball in Sydney, through their commitment to community engagement and, in particular, their ongoing involvement in the largest high school basketball tournament in Sydney – The Sydney Kings Schools Shootout.

The tournament involves 40 teams from as far north as Central Coast Grammar at Erina to Trinity Grammar in Summerhill, an inner west suburb of Sydney. Games will be played at four different locations across the city.

With two divisions playing over two days on October 7 and 8, 2011, the school holidays will ensure two full days of basketball. The final two teams in the premier division of the Sydney Kings Schools Shootout will have the opportunity to play at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Thursday November 17, 2011.

Tournament Director, Phil Webster, applauded the Sydney Kings for their continuous support of school basketball and believes the tournament may provide future players to the Sydney Kings. Indeed, two current Sydney Kings players, Graeme Dann (Waverley) and Julian Khazzouh (Oakhill), both attended schools that participated in this Sydney Kings Schools Shootout Tournament.

The High School tournament is open to all boys’ high school teams, and all school systems are invited to participate.

Each team will play four games on Friday October 7 at a venue nearest their school. The top two teams will advance to the quarterfinals at the Kings School in Parramatta on Saturday October 8. The Sydney Kings will present a perpetual trophy to the Development Division winner, whilst NBL Hall of Famer, Ken Cole, has donated a perpetual trophy to the winning Premier Division side. Current holders of both titles, Sydney High will host games at Cleveland Street.

Sydney Kings Head Coach, Ian ‘Moose’ Robilliard, said that the Sydney Kings Schools Shootout Tournament is one of the highlights of the club’s social engagement program.

“Every one of the current Sydney Kings roster would have played in a tournament such as this when they were younger,” Robilliard said.

“It is at this grass-roots level where players develop their love of the support and decide that they want a career in basketball.

“These tournaments also promote basketball to the wider community and in doing so promote the fun and value of team sports and, of course healthy life styles. The boys who participate in the Sydney Kings Schools Shootout Tournament will also improve their basketball skills and make some excellent friends. It is a very positive outcome all round and one the Sydney Kings is very pleased to support,” Ian Robilliard said.

For more details about the tournament, please contact Phil Webster on 0400 461 483 or phil2.webster@hotmail.com, or Nicola Parkinson at the Sydney Kings office on 02 9850 1952 or nicola.parkinson@sydneykings.com.

Mark D Wells
Media & Public Relations Manager
Sydney Kings

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