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STAMPEDE #3: Notes from the President

Stampede #3: Innovative Community Program Thanks to Telstra

While enjoying the support of Jon and Steve from the local Telstra shops for many years, the Hobart Chargers this year for the first time is working with Telstra corporate more broadly to deliver an innovative and exciting new experience for southern Tasmanian communities.

Over the past three months, the Chargers have been running basketball clinics at local primary schools in Southern Tasmania. The clinics aim to build basketball participation, skills and physical fitness for Tasmanian school aged children. 

With the welcome assistance and support from Telstra we are now running the Hobart Chargers Ultimate Experience.  The Ultimate Experience means that not only do kids get some of the best players in Australia visit their schools but they get to come to the basketball to see those players do their thing.

The Chargers Ultimate Experience gives students and their families the opportunity to be part of the excitement of at Telstra Hobart Chargers game night.

Telstra provides for 40 young Tasmanians and their families the chance to come to game night, walk the floor, meet the players and have grandstand seats to the action for every home game at the Derwent Entertainment Centre during 2017.

School students are chosen in school communities that might otherwise not have the opportunity to enjoy a full family experience at the basketball through participation in over 300 school based clinics the Chargers coaching and playing staff will conduct this year

Recently, students of Herdmans Cove, Gagebrook and St Paul’s Primary Schools were given the opportunity to participate.  More than one hundred students from grades one to six benefited from the skills and drills session run by Chargers Head Coach Anthony Stewart and an import player Mathiang Muo.  A surprise appearance was made by Rex the Rhino, the Chargers mascot.

As President of the club I am really excited to be working with Telstra on this program. Apart from introducing the game of basketball to hundreds of kids, with Telstra’s support we are able to bring them to game night and give them the time of their lives. 

So if you see the kids on Saturday in their special Telstra provided white Chargers caps please give them a wave and a welcome because they are on the Hobart Chargers Ultimate Experience