Sydney Kings - breaking down barriers

Uploaded by ImmiTV on 06.02.2011

The Filipino community, you have the Sudanese community, an Armenian, an Iranian
Hopefully in the future, maybe some of our developmental players for the Kings, will be
from those communities.
It'd be a great success story that one of those kids turns out to be a high-level NBL
The one thing about the Filipinos, they love their basketball– they're quick, they can
play the game.
Yeah, there's definitely talent out there.
The thing that different communities bring is just a little bit more flair and I know
watching the Filipino community and definitely watching the Asian community, they bring a
different style of basketball and different type of basketball to Australia.
Basketball is, you know, a very, very big sport in the Philippines.
So, you know, we said let's do this night, let some people play on the court so they get
a taste of what it's like to play at the Entertainment Centre.
Josh McDonald is a 21-year-old powering six foot five and a half power forward and he
started off playing with the Sydney Kings on one of these basketball nights.
He's on his way to the Philippines in August to apply for the Filipino Basketball
Association draft.
Filipino community in Sydney, like all of us, love basketball.
We've got a lot of comps on throughout Sydney and it's just like a combination of every
area coming together.
What they… Sydney Kings are doing is great, it's…sort of…it's getting Sydney Kings
involved with other communities and sort of bringing us all together.
I know it's all Australians but it brings everyone in together.
It's all because of that round ball or that football or that soccer, brings multicultural
people together in sport and it turns out to be a success story.
I'm a prodigy or a result of that process and the game has been great to me.
For myself, my father was Lebanese so I got into the Lebanese community a fair bit, I've
gone out to a fair bit of schools and once the kids know that that's your background,
then they love it because it looks like they can go to the next step as well.
Sometimes in those communities they don't feel like they can make that next step, but
when they're seeing someone who's done it, they're definitely more appreciative that it's
something they can aspire to.
Sport breaks down barriers very, very fast.
Sport and music worldwide are two of the ingredients that, you know, if you want to do
something and you go to a sports game or your music…it does break down cultures and it
breaks down barriers very fast.
Dance is a fantastic way of breaking down those barriers–it's a form of expression.
If you're angry you want to bring out those kind of emotions, if you're happy you kind of
joke around, if you want to enjoy yourself.
Dance is another sport as well if you look at it.
What we're trying to do with the crew at the moment is to give the same opportunity to
the kids that, you know…we were in the same state, which was on the streets and that sort
of stuff and we're just trying to send out a good message, good behaviour, be humble.
If someone came along and said, you know, we're looking for a player, would you like to
come to Australia?
I said, yeah, where's Australia?
I came out here for two years.
It's now almost 36 years that I've been here.
You know, Australia's been fantastic for me and hopefully I've contributed a little bit
to Australia as well.