For the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, living and breathing the club’s family culture and values is never more evident than leading into Christmas each year. Following on from its successful introduction last season, the Deakin Melbourne Boomers will again be encouraging families to leave a gift for a child in need under the Bertocchi Christmas Tree at their upcoming December 17 game against the Canberra Capitals.
Proudly supported by Bertocchi, for every gift placed under the tree, the Boomers will hand over a free children’s ticket to the game that night. Last year nearly 100 gifts were donated by Boomers members and supporters to children in need, a result that Boomers Captain, Alice Kunek, wants to see get even bigger this year.
“It was so good last year to see so many families and children come to our Christmas game and place a gift under the tree, that’s the kind of spirit that really highlights what the Boomers are about when it comes to supporting the community,” said Alice.
“It doesn’t matter how big or small the gift is, every bit counts and we really want to see everyone supporting this campaign again. Just to know the Boomers Family is helping put a smile on the faces of children in need makes it all worthwhile.”
This year’s gifts will be donated to Whitelion, supporting a number of their youth programs and in particular youth at risk. It’s a cause Boomers General Manager Justin Nelson is pleased the Boomers will be supporting.
“Whitelion has been doing extraordinary things in the community since 1999, in particular helping youth at risk. Basketball is such a great sport for young people to become involved in and actively help them develop through their childhood years. Hopefully having the basketball community support other young people at this time of year will help make a difference,” said Nelson.
“I know how good it was last year when as a club we gave a free ticket to our Christmas Night Game to every family or child who placed a gift under the tree. To be honest, it wasn’t really about the ticket into the game, I know for most of our fans it was about supporting a great cause that really highlights the amazing family culture of the Boomers.
“It’s uplifting and something we should all be proudly supporting. Next season I’d like to see the entire WNBL get behind it, imagine if we were doing this each year across the league,” added Nelson.
Whitelion CEO, Mark Watt, says he is very grateful for the support of the Boomers. “Young people that Whitelion support are often living in out of home care and are disconnected from their family and loved ones for reasons out of their control. The support of the Boomers helps Whitelion provide Christmas presents to young people who might not otherwise receive a present at Christmas.”
To join in and support the campaign, come along to the Christmas Night Game on Saturday December 17 at the State Basketball Centre (Wantirna South), place a gift (wrapped or unwrapped) under the Bertocchi Christmas Tree and for each gift you will receive a free child’s ticket into the game to see the Deakin Melbourne Boomers take on Canberra.
WHAT: Christmas Night Game
WHEN: Saturday December 17
WHERE: State Basketball Centre
TIME: 7:30pm tip-off
WHO: Deakin Melbourne Boomers vs Canberra Capitals
TICKETS: At the door or online HERE.