5 million to shoot into record books

2012-10-09 00:00

FIVE million people in 96 cities on five continents  are aiming to set a new record for shooting hoops in the YMCA World Challenge Hoop Springs Eternal on October 13.

The global basketball shoot-out starts in New Zealand, and ends in Hawaii, following the time zone progression.

The day’s activities will be connected by live broadcasting and other forms of social media, creating a link with various communities and cultures.

What counts is how many people are shooting basketballs on the day, not the goals.

The Reverend Ian Booth, chief executive officer of the Greater Durban YMCA, which is taking part in the event, said: “We are hoping that everyone coming to Albert Park will be brave enough to shoot a hoop. The whole day is going to be extremely colourful, along with some competitive action on the court.

“The day is about fun, but also an opportunity to display what the YMCA is all about. The message we would like to achieve is: make a contribution, get involved in your communities, there are some great things happening. We are creating a safe space for young people.”

In Durban, the day will involve basketball skills development, friendly basketball games, entertainment and food organised by Greater Durban YMCA.

For more information on the day’s events, contact Thandeka Ntshangase via e-mail at thandeka@saymca.org.za or phone 031 305 4496.

Follow the event on Facebook or Twitter (@YMCA_SA).

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