United in the community

February 11, 2020

United in the community

Melbourne United prides itself on being an active and positive member of the local and wider community.

Through a variety of avenues, United has become a pillar in the community and this is showcased in the many ways that Melbourne has connected with organisations and individuals in surrounding areas.

Melbourne United takes pride in providing joy, inspiration and valuable fundraising to the Club’s official charity partners; Helping Hoops and Camp Quality.

In 2019, over $100,000 was contributed to charity partners through fundraising and donations via United. Highlights included Chris Goulding shaving his famous locks off in July, which raised over $16,000 for Camp Quality; a combined $14,000 raised for both charities at the 2019 Melbourne United Golf Day and the donation of corporate seats to United games.

Having raised over $100,000 for charity partners in 2019, the month of January 2020 was dedicated to fundraising for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. As the bushfire crisis affected everyone within the organisation, United created initiatives to support communities in need.

Working with generous corporate partners, United raised $161,050.60 for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. The Club would like to acknowledge Sodastream, Tyrepower, Landream, Banner Asset Management, Dreamstreet Lending, Bulla Dairy Foods, Subaru Melbourne, Whizz Cleaning, Trojan Tools and Crocmedia for their support.

Raising funds and awareness for important community programs and causes is fundamental to United, as is bringing basketball to schools around Victoria.

Melbourne United is active in schools every week of the schooling year, with former NBL player Warrick Giddey teaching kids the importance of staying healthy and active, and the fundamentals of basketball.

Through Kmart GameTime, in the second half of 2019, United completed clinics at 46 schools and interacted with 7,781 school kids.

United is committed to leading excellence in basketball coaching, growing the sport across Victoria and encouraging all kids to get on the court, and does this through the Grassroots Partnership Program, which sees the Club support more than 2,000 Victorian junior teams.

Through this program, grassroots basketball associations receive clinics and workshops with our coaches and players, professional coaching seminars with Melbourne United coaches, coaching resources, access to Melbourne United training sessions and discounted tickets to home games.

United two-day junior camps provide primary school aged kids the opportunity to participate in basketball games, skill sessions and take home loads of goodies. Over 1,500 kids attend these camps – held in each school holiday period – every year.

Further helping to nurture the incredible talent coming through the Victorian grassroots ranks, the Melbourne United Basketball Academy (MUBA) is a tiered program pacing athletes – boys and girls aged 12-18 – against their own abilities with the guidance and knowledge of world class coaching staff.

The MUBA runs at six locations across Victoria and is helping to develop the next generation of Australian basketball stars.

Speaking of the next generation of Australian basketball stars, United has a proud history of partnering with Make-A-Wish Australia and the Starlight Foundation to makes the dreams of children come true.

Earlier this week, in partnership with Make-A-Wish, Hungry Jacks and the NBL, 18-year-old Levi Anderson – who is recovering from a recent brain surgery – joined in United training and signed a one-day contract afterwards.

It was Levi’s wish to train with his favourite basketball team and meet Chris Goulding, and the United players and coaches got around him as he showcased his basketball skills.

United players and coaches are entrenched in the community by doing hospital visits, visiting grassroots basketball clubs and local schools, attending basketball tournaments, and sharing knowledge through coaching seminars.

For more information on Melbourne United’s involvement in the community, contact: community@melbourneutd.com.au