Deakin University is thrilled to announce the continuation of its highly-successful partnership with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers. Entering its second year, Deakin University’s sponsorship secures the naming rights for the Melbourne Boomers’ coming WNBL 2016/17 season.
Deakin’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said the partnership cemented the University’s commitment to supporting women’s sport while “giving the whole Deakin family a sensational WNBL team that we can follow with pride.”
“This partnership is a win for the entire Deakin community,” Professor den Hollander said.
“The Boomers are going from strength-to-strength with a terrific 2015/16 season and the recent appointment of Basketball superstar Lauren Jackson as their Commercial Operations Manager, and the Boomer’s new owners including Chairman Tony Hallam, will bring wonderful opportunities for growth and leadership to this team of extraordinary athletes and the wider WNBL.
“Record game attendances last season also demonstrate that this partnership has been whole-heartedly embraced by Deakin University’s students, staff, alumni and communities. As a University, we already feel like participants in the Deakin Melbourne Boomers journey.
“We look forward to building on the inspiration the team provides to all athletes and supporters in the coming season.”
The WNBL season begins in early October with the Boomers confirmed to again be playing out of the 3000-plus seat State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South.
A key focus for the Boomers is to continue providing easy access for Deakin students, staff and alumni, coupled with new initiatives like a dedicated zone in the stands where the Deakin fraternity can sit together.
Boomers General Manager Justin Nelson believes the growing partnership is one that shows great support for women’s sport by Deakin and helps the Boomers push the importance of young athletes ensuring strong education forms a part of their goals.
“We are delighted to have a growing partnership with Deakin University. The dedication and support being shown to women’s sport is exceptional,” said Nelson, adding “It also helps us promote the importance of education amongst the huge basketball community that exists across Melbourne, and Victoria.”
“Deakin University is a world-class education facility that delivers numerous opportunities in sport, be it exercise science, nutrition, management, marketing or media. Our focus is to continue integrating our skill sets and delivering professional outcomes.
“On the court, Deakin’s ability to help us be the best we can be is a valuable asset, while on the sidelines we want to keep building a fan base of students, staff and alumni that encompasses their passion for the Deakin Melbourne Boomers,” added Nelson.
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