Basketball Ireland launches Bounce Back Challenge
May 28, 2021
Basketball Ireland is excited to announce the Bounce Back Challenge, a new free initiative aimed at players of all levels aged 12-17, from novice to club players. For the months of June and July, any player that downloads the MaxOne app will get specialised content to help develop their game. The highlight of Bounce Back Challenge will be the weekly participation-based dribbling skills challenge. All participants who complete the challenges will be in with a chance to win weekly and monthly prizes, as well as a grand prize of a holiday for a family of four to the USA to go to watch a NBA game. Anyone can download the app and get involved, however only those aged 12-17 are eligible to win the prizes.
The weekly dribbling challenges will be presented by Griffith College Templeogue player and ‘Why Not Me?’ founder, Puff Summers. Summers, who was at the ‘Bounce Back Challenge’ launch with Irish underage international players Dáire Murray and Lucy Coogan, said: “I can't wait to see the skills of players all over the country, especially from players we haven’t seen before. It’s free and a fun way to challenge yourself over the summer and you get an opportunity to win some pretty cool prizes, while also improving your skills in that process. So I’d encourage everyone to get involved”. Also at the launch was former Super League player and Basketball Ireland ambassador, Marty Guilfoyle. The well-known social media personality and Spin 103.8 DJ, who is helping support the challenge on social media, said: “I’m so excited to be able to be involved in basketball again. I love the sport, and the Bounce Back Challenge is exactly the type of thing I would have loved as a kid. Hopefully, people who haven’t played much before will get involved and discover what basketball has to offer.”
As part of Basketball Ireland’s attempt to reach new players, a new partnership has been created with Foróige, one of the country’s leading youth development organisations. Foróige engages over 50,000 young people and 5,500 volunteers and counts Pyrobel Killester Super League player Farouq Raheem as one of their social workers. Speaking at the launch, Raheem was excited to join his two passions. “I would highly encourage all Foróige young people to get involved. There are many benefits, you'll learn a lot of skills along the way. If anyone has any interest in basketball it's a great way to get started, and also gives the opportunity to win some great prizes.”
Basketball Ireland’s Development Officer Erin Bracken, who is leading the project, is excited for the possibilities that the challenge potentially opens up for the sport. “We’re excited to launch this new challenge thanks to the support of Sport Ireland and the Dormant Account’s Innovation Fund. We can’t wait to reach some of our existing players, but also plenty of new players through TikTok and our other digital channels, especially with the help of our ambassador Marty Guilfoyle and our partners Foróige. Hopefully, the app and challenge will be a great way for young players of all abilities to engage with the sport. We believe this new innovative digital approach at reaching players all over the country may open up more possibilities for Basketball Ireland moving forward.”
Players can download the MaxOne app now on both apple and android devices. To join the challenge participants need to enter the team invite code ‘basketballireland’. The first challenge is set to begin on Friday, June 4th, and will be weekly, running through the final week of July.
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Download instructions for the Bounce Back Challenge can be found here: Bounce Back Challenge Download Instructions .pdf
Full Bounce Back Challenge competition rules and prize terms & conditions are available here: Bounce Back Challenge Competition Rules and Prize Terms and Conditions.pdf