The Deakin Melbourne Boomers are in the mood for Christmas and to celebrate the holiday season they will deliver more than 500 free child tickets amongst the MUVJBL community this Friday night
Tickets will be available at more than 10 venues and will be handed out upon entry to the venue. One lucky venue will also get a personal visit from some of the Boomers, though that remains a surprise.
The Christmas gesture is one that Boomers General Manager, Justin Nelson, says is about “acknowledging the fantastic players and families in the MUVJBL” and, importantly, for his team to “give a something back to the grassroots level of the game.”
“The MUVJBL is the best junior competition in the world. So many of the Deakin Melbourne Boomers developed their game in the MUVJBL, it’s a part of their career that they all fondly remember and often talk about at training. We have two games coming up before Christmas and wanted to give something back to all the juniors out there. It’s a special time of year, particularly for the kids, and we want to share that with them in our own little way,” said Nelson.
The Boomers have really stepped up their community engagement this season and see it as a vital step towards helping young people develop aspirations and feel included, especially for women in sport.
“The Wattle Valley WNBL is an incredibly competitive competition out on the court, but it’s also a place where the young stars of tomorrow can meet and talk with the elite players after the game. For us, that’s a key part of what we do. The players are very passionate about being good role models and you can see the genuine excitement on the faces of the children when they get autographs and photos.”
“We get a lot of girls, and boys, to our games. Many of those young fans participate in the MUVJBL, they come along to our games to cheer the Boomers on, but we really like it when they come in their club singlets and gear. It shows that Victoria’s basketball community is active and very passionate about their junior club. You’d be amazed how many times I overhear our players during the week talking about how many kids there were at the game from this club or that club.”
Each pass being given away will entitle entry for one child to either this Sunday’s game against Canberra (Dec 13, 3pm tip-off) or the following Saturday night against Sydney (Dec 19, 7:30pm tip-off). Both home games will be played at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South.
“It’s a small gesture and a token of our appreciation for all the support the basketball community gives us, and other teams, in the WNBL. Please make sure you take up the opportunity to come along and enjoy the fun atmosphere of a Boomers game. We look forward to meeting you,” added Nelson.
In addition for this coming Sunday’s game against the Canberra Capitals, the McDonald’s Hoop Time Senior Girls All-star Grand Final will take place on the show-court, tipping off at 1pm. Yarra Road Primary School and Westmeadows Primary will battle it out for the title, so make sure you get down early and cheer on our young stars.