Twilight Basketball Ready For Tip Off

The Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) is set to launch its new Twilight Basketball initiative tonight at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).

Twilight Basketball is a brand new Hoops for Health (H4H) project, which is being delivered under the national federation’s community engagement strategy. It has been made possible through the Federation of International Basketball (FIBA) support and funding from the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnership program.

The free program is open to all ages, with 5 V 5 games for children aged 15 & under taking place at TAIC from 5pm to 7pm.

3 V 3 matches for those aged 16 & over will happen on-court from 7pm to 9pm.
Along with the basketball action there will be music, entertainment & prizes up for grabs.

BFPNG Executive Officer Joel Khalu said the program was a dynamic way for people to get involved in the sport.

“Twilight Program is specifically designed to get our PNG youth engaged in a positive environment via their active participation in Basketball,” Mr. Khalu said.

“Along with playing games, throughout each session we’ll also be promoting the importance making healthy lifestyle choices, educating participants on items like nutrition and exercise.” “We also want to reinforce the importance and value of education and encouraging kids to attend school.”

“Overall Twilight Basketball will give participants an opportunity to spend the duration of their Friday evenings in a constructive environment, where the emphasis is placed on fun, friendship and fitness.”

The Federation is also hopeful that the Twilight Basketball program will bring a decrease in crime levels on Friday evenings, resulting in a positive outcome for the community.

“Reducing crime is also a massive part of this project and by the end of the program, hopefully we will have seen a drop in rates on Friday evenings,” Mr. Khalu added.

Doors open for tonight’s Twilight Basketball session at 5pm. All forms of media are encouraged to attend the official welcoming that will take place at approximately 7pm.

For more information please contact BFPNG Executive Officer Joel Khalu on 


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