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Y NSW joins forces with the Sydney Kings

The YMCA NSW (Y NSW) and the Brydens Lawyers Sydney Kings today announced a community partnership to help bring basketball to more young people across NSW.

Y NSW will officially partner with the Kings for the 2020/21 season to further the organisation’s mission of inspiring young people to be the best they can be through healthy living and community connection. 

The partnership was launched at the Y’s home of basketball, Ryde Community Sports Centre with Kings players Casper Ware, Angus Glover and Dejan Vasiljevic shooting hoops with the Learn To Play 6-12 year old group.

Sydney Kings players Angus Glover, Casper Ware and Dejan Vasiljevic with junior players from the Y NSW Learn to Play Basketball session at Ryde


CEO of the Y NSW Susannah Le Bron said the partnership would bring basketball back home, to where it all began.  

“Basketball was invented at the YMCA International Training School in Springfield Massachusetts in 1891 by P.E. teacher James Naismith and the Y went on to play a key role in its rapid spread across the world,” Ms Le Bron said. 

“Today at the Y, basketball remains part of our DNA; we’ve run basketball at Ryde since 2013 and welcome more than 80 young people onto the courts every Friday to fall in love with this great sport. 

“On the basketball court, young people not only reap the benefits of regular physical exercise but gain confidence, discipline, leadership and teamwork skills, mates for life and a powerful sense of belonging.

“We’re thrilled to work with the Kings to grow lifelong basketball obsessions in more local communities and get young people shooting hoops and life goals together.” 

CEO of the Brydens Lawyers Sydney Kings Chris Pongrass is looking forward to partnering with the Y this upcoming season.

“The Y has played a key role in fostering community connections with a focus on physical activity in our youth. Their focus on basketball through specific programs such as Streetgym is something that has drawn us to this partnership; it only makes sense to connect our brands to help develop basketball in local communities of Sydney and broader NSW,” he said. 

“The Kings are looking forward to partnering with the Y and playing our part teaching key basketball and leadership skills to the young athletes – our players and coaches are keen to get involved.” 

Sydney Kings player Casper Ware being interviewed by Y NSW young basketballers Jacob Laface and Will Harris (both year 4)

Under the partnership, families can expect to see Kings players mentor and support young basketballers in Y NSW programs and the organisations will collaborate to develop a Kings Community Youth Strategy. 

Y NSW members, staff and program participants will be offered exclusive discounts and some complimentary ticket opportunities throughout the 2020/21 season. 

To find out more about basketball at Ryde visit:

To find out more about Y NSW youth and community programs visit: 

MEDIA | Madeleine Clarke 0400 974 816 or Andrew Williams 0439 427 522

About the Y NSW 
The Y NSW NSW is a community not-for-profit organisation committed to healthy living, empowerment and positive social impact. We believe in the power of inspired young people to effect positive change in the world. We support this by offering a range of programs and services at more than 100 locations across NSW and the ACT. The Y NSW is recognised as a Safeguarding Children accredited organisation by the Australian Childhood Foundation. To find out more, visit

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