Shoes for Twilight Basketball

Participants of the Twilight Basketball program recently received shoes from the Grass Skirt Project.

Twilight Basketball is an initiative that brings together children aged 15 and under to participate in games of 5 on 5, while participants 16 and over test their skills in games of 3 on 3 basketball every Friday night at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre.

“Most of the participants that come for Twilight Basketball play barefoot or share shoes between their friends,” said BFPNG’s Hoops for Health coordinator, Delisha Liri.

Founder and managing director for the Grass Skirt Project, Tahina Booth, said to assist with the facilitation of health education for the Basketball Federation’s Hoops for Health program was incredibly rewarding.

“Education is key in the development of Papua New Guinea and we are so proud to be assisting to enhance the H4H program through the collection of sports shoes in a way that will contribute to PNG’s development through sport,” said Booth.

Booth started the Grass Skirt Project to source and distribute sports equipment from Australian based athletes, local gyms and manufacturers to give to PNG sports programs.

“The Grass Skirt Project believes sport is a great way to connect and engage with people and collaborate with anti-social and or gender-based violence prevention programs.”

Liri finished by thanking Grass Skirt Project as well as the Australian Federal Police Association (AFPA) who assisted with the logistics. 

Troy Taule