This one is literally court to community, and so Patty.
Patty, great human filling a need, is starting a basketball school - Indigenous Basketball Australia
- which will begin in 2021 and "focus on creating 'pathways and opportunities at the grassroots level' for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth..." as well as "on fundamental skills development and competitions by facilitating programs in regions across Australia."
As part of his ongoing commitment to improve the social and economic conditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, the San Antonio Spurs star started IBA to create pathways at the grassroots level so they can succeed on the elite stage....
IBA will facilitate targeted community basketball competitions, national tournaments and development camps which will compliment and support the current Australian basketball systems and provide better opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths to progress through those systems in the future.
At present, Indigenous youth are being detained at a rate 23 times that of non-Indigenous young people. Currently, of the 10 to 13-year-old’s incarcerated, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children make up approximately 70 per cent of this younger age group. Mills is determined to change these disturbing statistics through his IBA program. “We should feel responsible to take urgent and innovative actions to address this gross negligence occurring in the lives of young Indigenous people,” he said. “Basketball will be the vehicle, and IBA will drive this vehicle to one day see more Indigenous Australians pulling on the Green and Gold for the Boomers or Opals.
“But if IBA can create the positive environment that allows my people to enjoy a healthy and safe life, to be accepted and participate in a society free from discrimination, then that’s the real win for my people in this life.”
The programs run by IBA will be underpinned by culture, education, health, safety, and wellbeing. It will also allow young Indigenous people to retain cultural practices, strengthen and promote their individual cultural identity and lead healthy lifestyles.