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Midnight basketball



Midnight basketball is a national social inclusion program to help young people aged 12 to 18 years, identify and embrace positive opportunities.

Midnight Basketball Australia supports communities nationally who run the local tournaments for at-risk young people aged 12-18 years. It provides a positive and highly structured free activity to fill in the gap during high risk periods of Friday or Saturday nights.

Starting at 7:30pm, each 8 week tournament night includes a hot, nutritious dinner, followed by a compulsory life skills workshop, then a minimum of three games of competition basketball. A bus takes all players home to their front door by Midnight.

The compulsory life skills workshops cover topics such as:

The first Midnight basketball program was launched in Redfern, Sydney, in 2007 and was later expanded nationally due to its success.

Abstract adapted from Midnight Basketball Australia


Midnight Basketball Australia
Social Impact Hub
Suite 602, 180 Ocean Street
Edgecliff NSW 2027
GPO Box 1600
Sydney NSW 2001
Ph: (02) 8096 2373


Last updated: 18 May 2015
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