VOLUNTEER Week is a fantastic celebration of our sport’s most passionate devotees.
Why else would you give up your time and energy? We all lead busy lives, but we see over the course of generations that great allure by parents, players, friends and family to roll up their sleeves and help out.
Their efforts serve the greater good and this is the essence of basketball boiled down to its most loyal denizens. How often have you walked into your stadium to see those familiar faces wiping the courts or stocking the canteen?
Everyone unites to keep the game alive. Associations, clubs and teams stretch the dollar as far as they can to get the game going and to make sure the game continues to shine.
That’s why this Volunteer Week – 21-27 May – we’re celebrating more than the final result. Cheering for those people who don’t make the big shots on the court. Congratulating those who may never win a championship. Instead it’s all about the people who make basketball tick.
There is no incentive in it for these people beyond the joy they receive from seeing the next generation coming through. That in of itself can only exist because of pure passion and commitment to the next generation’s joy.
Nothing would function without them. The game requires the volunteers’ commitment just to keep up year-to-year.
You have to be committed to wipe the courts, restock the canteen and make sure the training schedules are put out.
You must love basketball to hit the road month-after-month to take the kids across the state, throughout Australia and even taking their talents abroad. You open the gym well before the sun gets up and close it well after it sets.
We make sure this lesson is ingrained from a young age in basketball – getting the kids to rack up the balls, wipe the courts for the senior groups and chip in throughout the stadium is the best way to teach everyone the value of volunteering.
It’s not monetary; the value is the experience. You get to see your children thrive in a well-run environment, push themselves under the tutelage of experienced coaches and then when their time is up on court… they become the next generation of volunteers.
It’s an amazing closed-loop that we don’t stop to celebrate enough. But occasions like this are the perfect moment to tell Victoria’s vast amount of basketball volunteers that you are the game. A house is only as strong as the frame holding it together
Basketball Victoria, Basketball Victoria Country and the Melbourne Utd. Victorian Junior Basketball League want to take this week to celebrate those people who often prefer shifting the spotlight than standing in it.
We will share just a handful of stories from across the state but also want you to share with us your memories of your favourite volunteers from your association and highlight those who make the game tick throughout Victoria.
Send through your photos and stories to Jarrod Potter – firstname.lastname@example.org.