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For the last few years the Ringwood Hawks have taken on a major role in the Maroondah Community through their highly successful Schools and Community Program. During October, the Hawks took their program to a whole new audience with outstanding success.
The Lady Hawks packed their bags and travelled to India recently to play a 5 game series against the National Championship team from Kerala which is located in the Southern region of India. On the court, the Hawks took care of business with a 4-1 series win but it was off the court that the girls were able to have a huge impact and make some memories that will live in their memories forever.
“The games were fantastic with big crowds and television coverage but the high light of the trip was definitely the visits to Schools.” Hawks Head Coach Tim Mottin said.
Hawks Centre Amanda Meinking is mobbed by kids at Chadrean Syria School in India
The Lady Hawks had little time to recover from jetlag as the day after arriving they headed off to a local school, stepped off the bus and were greeted by 3000 screaming kids. The girls mingled amongst the kids, handing out basketballs before stepping on the outside courts to show off a few skills.
Mottin said that initially they were all in a little bit of shock as to how many kids there were and how happy they were to see us.
“We just could not believe the interest that the kids had in our girls and how much they loved getting to play a little bit of Basketball.”
“Unfortunately with so many kids we could only reach some of them as they were up on balconies so the girls headed off to their classrooms to say hello.”
Hawks import Cassidy Mihalko grabs a selfie with some kids
Over the ten day tour, the girls visited another 6 schools all of which were a similar experience with 3000 to 5000 kids greeting the team upon arrival. Every School the Lady Hawks visited were donated Hawks Basketballs that will be used as part of the Schools sports programs, which is what the Hawks have been doing in Primary Schools around Maroondah for a few years.
“It was great reminder to us how valuable the Community work we do as a Club, it is something we are very proud of.” Mottin said
“We will be out again in 2018 with our American import players getting to the Schools in our area and hopefully spreading the message of Basketball and a healthy lifestyle.”
A classroom visit was well received by the Indian kids and teachers