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GRANT DELIVERS ‘SLAM DUNK’ FOR LOCAL YOUTH

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GRANT DELIVERS ‘SLAM DUNK’ FOR LOCAL YOUTH

A local Committee formed to provide a program for at risk youth in Grafton and South Grafton has just been given a terrific boost with the injection of $15,000 from the NSW Government to help kick start a new basketball tournament at the Grafton Indoor Sports Centre, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.

Making the announcement today at the centre, the home of the new $5 million state-of-the-art PCYC announced last year, Mr Gulaptis was joined by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell, excited local youth and members of the Committee.

Mr Gulaptis said the Rebound 2460 program connects young people with local youth services, with the basketball tournament being the centrepiece of the program.

“This is a terrific grassroots driven program where each team is not only named after a particular support service, but the volunteer coach actually works in the service,” Mr Gulaptis said

“This structure allows young people to feel more comfortable in reaching out as rapport has been developed during game time.

“Sport is a wonderful conduit for improving young lives and building a strong community and this grant will help kick start this project and influence young lives in a positive way.”

Minister Mitchell congratulated Chris for his hard work in ensuring this funding flowed to a really worthy cause.

“This is great news for local kids, and great news for the Clarence Valley. The NSW Government is backing local communities and supporting families to access more sporting opportunities through vital grants like this, but also through the successful ‘Active Kids’ program which has seen more than 550 vouchers of $100 already provided in Grafton,” Ms Mitchell said.

Rebound 2460 Chairperson Gary Martin, said “The Rebound 2460 committee and the local community are so very thankful to Chris Gulaptis for advocating for this funding as it ensures the ongoing stability of this amazing program that will change young lives by providing them with supportive connections in their local community, while they have fun with their friends in a safe environment.”

The grant for the rebound 2460 program will be delivered through the Grafton Ngerrie Aboriginal Land Council.

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