Basketball for Good in Oceania
FIBA in Oceania are proud to deliver several programs in line with the International Basketball Foundation’s Basketball for Good Strategy. The IBF’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.
“To be a part of the program is something that I am grateful for. To go out and advocate on healthy living and incorporate it with basketball skills is something I would like to continue for years to come.” Hoops for Health Coach, Fiji.
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
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“This program has taught me a lot about the NCD diseases. It teaches me about how important life is and maintaining it. It helps me to think beyond areas outside the court. How I should help others into knowing the impacts of the diseases and how they could help stay healthy at all times.” – Participant, Vanuatu
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 program has touched the lives of over 45,000 participants in five 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 program is currently active in Fiji, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste.
FIBA in Oceania’s Basketball for Good projects are made possible by the ongoing support of the International Basketball Foundation, as well as the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnerships program and the New Zealand Government’s Pacific Sporting Partnerships program.
“When Hoops for Health was introduced into our School, I saw a lot of changes in the students. It helps the students to be physically fit and makes them more interested in sports as well as classroom learning.” Teacher, Kiribati.
“Before Hoops for Health I stayed home most of the time and was never interested in outdoors activities. Having a proper diet was never important to me… [after participating in Mum’s A Hero] I now involve myself with outdoors activities in order to keep fit and stay healthy for my family.” Participant, Fiji
“NCD’s is increasing so rapidly in Vanuatu in the recent years. I think it’s a good idea that we Hoops for Health coaches start to bring the message to schools about the causes of NCD’s and how we can reduce it by exercising. And when I say exercise I mean play BASKETBALL.” Hoops for Health Coach, Vanuatu
“I really believe in the concept behind Twilight Basketball. Sport is a great avenue to bringing people from all walks of life together, and promoting healthy living through sports.” Hoops for Health Ambassador, Papua New Guinea.
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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 undaunted by the rugby field beneath their feet 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.