Shooting hoops for diversity
Part of the Mardi Gras sports festival is a basketball tournament that’s all about having fun and celebrating diversity. Monica Purcell reports.
This year, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival will host the very special City Hoops in the Park 3on3 Basketball Tournament.
Organised by Planet 3x3, an affiliate of the International Basketball Federation FIBA, City Hoops in the Park is open to all, regardless of skill level, age or gender.
The event will be comprised of a series of 15-minute games, fully timed. Referees and score bench personnel will be available for players.
Registered teams will also be provided with an info sheet ahead of time, to familiarise themselves with the rules of the game.
On the day, there will be prizes for the teams judged to be the ‘Best Dressed’, ‘Most Vocal’, ‘Best Looking’ and more.
City Hoops organiser Nives Gilbert is excited to be a part of the festival.
“Mardi Gras is community event which attracts so many people from Sydney, Australia and worldwide,” she tells SX.
“We believe we’re on par with the Mardi Gras philosophy – our events are open to everybody and they are all about having a good time.”
Gilbert invites one and all to join the fun.
“It’s a great chance to learn about more about basketball, get active and spend quality time with family and friends.”
City Hoops in the Park will now be held in the open courts of Sydney Boys High School, not Prince Alfred Park as initially advertised. The courts can be accessed through Cleveland Street in Moore Park.
[Image] ‘All about having a good time’ ... Nives Gilbert. Photo: Reg Domingo
City Hoops in the Park is on Sunday, February 9, from 9am, at Sydney Boys High School, Cleveland Street, Moore Park. Team registration costs $30 and includes 5 games minimum. Register at planet3x3.com or see mardigras.org.au for more information.