Basketball for Good in Oceania

  • FIBA in Oceania are proud to deliver several programs in line with the FIBA Foundation’s Basketball for Good Strategy. The FIBA Foundation's mission is to address the role of sports, in particular basketball, in the fields of community building, education, women empowerment, health and well-being as well as conflict resolution.

    With this in mind, the goal of FIBA in Oceania’s Basketball for Good initiatives is to facilitate capable federations to deliver high-quality basketball programs which increase basketball participation as well as enable people to develop as healthy, contributing members of their communities.

    The objectives which underpin all of FIBA in Oceania’s Basketball for Good programs are to;

    • Improve governance and operational effectiveness of Pacific Basketball Federations
    • Increase capacity of national federations to plan, run and monitor participation based basketball programs
    • Increase opportunities for participation in basketball programs
    • Increase participation in basketball activities of at-risk target groups including, but not limited to, those at risk of acquiring a noncommunicable disease and unemployed youth
    • Improved collaboration between Pacific Federations and Development partners
    • Increased participation and leadership of women and girls in basketball
    • Promotion of FIBA and partner’s sports capability and commitment to supporting development in the region 


     In supporting these programs, FIBA in Oceania are demonstrating their commitment to contributing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Basketball for Good programs each serve as a direct contribution to most, if not all, of the following SDGs;

    • Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages
    • Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
    • Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
    • Goal 8 – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
    • Goal 16 – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development
    • Goal 17 – strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development.


  • FIBA in Oceania’s Basketball for Good programs have touched the lives of over 800,000 participants in 14 nations since 2014.  Gender equality is a cross-cutting theme across all programs which is why females represent 46.8% of all participants.

    The Basketball for Good programs are currently active in Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti, Timor-Leste and Tonga.

    Programs include; Bula Hoops, Her World Her Rules, Hoops for Health, Mum's a Hero, Pikinini Hoops and Twilight Basketball.


    Northern Mariana Islands

    Papua New Guinea 


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    Programs Supported By

    FIBA in Oceania’s Basketball for Good projects are made possible by the ongoing support of the International Basketball Foundation, the Australian Government’s PacificAus Sports Partnerships Program and TeamUp.

  • Historic Photo Gallery


    Participants in Timor-Leste enjoying themselves as they take up basketball in the “Mum’s A Hero” program which seeks to contribute to achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.


    Kids in Fiji bounce the ball and pass to one another as part of a 6-week program called “Hoops for Health” which teaches them basketball skills and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.


    Youth from all over Port Moresby, PNG, regardless of age or social divisions, come together to take part in “Twilight Basketball” which uses the 3x3 code of basketball to engage idle youth in a positive way, discouraging crime and promoting peaceful and inclusive societies.


    “Hoops for Health” is active in the small island nation of Kiribati to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all. The program targets school in Tarawa as well as those most at-risk of acquiring non-communicable diseases such as middle-aged men and women in the communities.




    Kids stop at the metaphorical “red light” as a coach yells out the name of a common unhealthy snack in Vanuatu, only to start dribbling again when they hear the coach say “fruit!”. All part of Vanuatu’s “Hoops for Health” program using basketball to promote healthy lives and well-being.

    Pacific Youth Leaders Basketball Camp


    Emerging Youth Leaders from 11 countries in Oceania came together for a 10-day elite basketball and personal development camp. “[The camp] gave me the tools and knowledge to be a good leader and set an example for my teammates back home”, commented one participant from Fiji.

  • Helpful Resources

     Module 1

     Basketball For Good - Webinar April 2020 - Guest Presenter Peter Topp.mp4

     Module 2

     Basketball For Good - In Action - Webinar April 2020 -RECORDING.mp4


     FIBA Oceania Webinar - What is Inclusion (Guest Presenter Gail Macfarlane) VIDEO.mp4




    Historical Data