A young man’s dream of playing with the Wollongong Roller Hawks is a step closer thanks to his appeal for a custom basketball chair being granted by KidzWish and the Greater Building Society as part of the Love and Laughter Appeals Program.
Nicholas (‘Nick’) Scott will be presented with a new $4,600 custom made basketball wheelchair by Greater Building Society Shellharbour branch manager Brendan White and KidzWish marketing manager Karouna Michael on Tuesday 24 February at 4pm at the Shellharbour Basketball Stadium.
The 18 year old from Oak Flats has femur fibula ulna syndrome. KidzWish marketing manager Karouna Micheal said Nick has been using a rented chair from Wheelchair Sports NSW but it hasn’t stopped him from achieving on court. Karouna said the lack of a custom chair has hindered his progress in the sport.
“The new chairs will help Nick’s ability to change direction and improve his balance for shooting,” Karouna said. “We hope this will increase his chances of team selection at an upcoming NSW training camp later this year,” he said.
Joining Nick to help his test out his chair is double amputee, Frank Dushimirimana, who also received a basketball wheelchair late last year as the first recipient of KidzWish’s Appeals Program. The pair will be trying the chairs out at the KidzWish 'Wheelies' Sports Academy Program where they both first started to play basketball. Coached by Roller Hawks senior players, this program gives children a chance to participate in a variety of fun activities and games to improve their basketball and coordination skills.
The KidzWish Foundation’s Love and Laughter Appeals Program aims to help Illawarra children who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged with equipment to improve their general health and independence. The Greater Building Society has provided $25,000 to help KidzWish grant appeals to 10 Illawarra kids with special needs as well as contributing to the cost of constructing a new fundraising wall at Stockland Shellharbour to raise further funds for the program.
The chairs were designed by Invacare Australia.
Brendan said The Greater has been a long-time supporter of the great work KidzWish does to make life better for many young Illawarra kids.
“As a customer owned financial institution, The Greater uses its profits to give back to the local community wherever we can,” Brendan said.
Nick's player history:
- 2011 - Began playing wheelchair basketball in the KidzWish 'Wheelies' Sports Academy Program
- 2013 – Appointed volunteer coach at KidzWish 'Wheelies' Sports Academy Program
- 2014 - Selected in the NSW Junior Squad that competed in the SLAM Down Under
- 2015 - Promoted to the Junior Roller Hawks Development Program