National Classic Set for July

The South Sudanese Australian National Classic is headed to Melbourne in 2015. July 10-12 will see over 35 teams from across Australia, consisting of some of the most athletic and exciting players in the country, assemble at Frankston Basketball Stadium for three days for frenetic-paced action.

The National Classic, which is one of two annual basketball tournaments organised by the South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association, is not only one of the most exciting tournaments in Australia, but is also an important event for the South Sudanese Australian community. Maintaining a sense of community and cultural identity, whilst celebrating the fact that we are all Australians, is a key feature of the work the South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association undertakes.

The tournament has been attended in the past by NBA player of South Sudanese heritage, Luol Deng, who shares a similar story to many of the young men and women competing in the event. Names, such as Manute Bol, Mathiang Muo, Ater Majok and current Louisville Cardinals college player, Mangok Mathiang, have also played or contributed to the event in past years.

The 2015 National Classic will culminate in the finals to be held on Sunday, July 12, which will also feature the highly anticipated slam dunk contest. A $5 entry fee per day will gain entry to the tournament, and raise money to ensure the volunteer-run South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association can continue to put on events like the National Classic in future years.

Volunteers are required for all three days of the National Classic across areas such as scoring, time keeping and general behind-the-scenes activities. Please contact Adam McKay of Helping Hoops for more information on 0433 857 875 or adam@helpinghoops.com.au.