Cultures unite on court

Andre Moore and Sam Ahmat will be holding the First Nation All Nations Logan City Basketball Knockout Tournament 2014. Photo Inga Williams / The Reporter
Andre Moore and Sam Ahmat will be holding the First Nation All Nations Logan City Basketball Knockout Tournament 2014. Photo Inga Williams / The Reporter Inga Williams

THERE are few in Logan more passionate about the diversity of the city than Sam Ahmat.

Working with iCare, Mr Ahmat is organising a basketball tournament to bring youth of all cultures in Logan together.

Mr Ahmat said the First Nations, All Nations Logan City Basketball Knockout Tournament will be a chance to share, embrace, acknowledge and respect each other and the different cultures and religions in Logan.

"This event will create a positive platform for all cultural groups to interact through sport," Mr Ahmat said.

"So far we have 11 high schools in the district, including Woodridge High, Loganlea High, Mabel Park, Marsden, Browns Plains, Rochedale, Springwood, John Paul College, Chisolm, Beenleigh and Windaroo, involved."

The event will be held at Logan Entertainment Centre, where two half-court basketball courts will be market out on the carpark.

Thirty volunteers will assist in the co-ordination and engagement of the event, helping to referee, administer first aid, usher and run stalls.

"This event will promote community cohesion through positive interaction and role modelling," Mr Ahmat said.

"We will have former Bullets player Andre Moore involved."

At the end of the event Mr Ahmat hopes to introduce a long-term initiative called Basketball after Dark.

"The aim of this project will be to divert youth from anti-social behaviours, and promote healthy living," he said.

The tournament will take place on Saturday, March 15, from 9am-3pm.

It is being sponsored by Logan City Council, ACCESS, Big Feat Basketball Mentoring, Logan Diggers, St John Ambulance Service, State Member for Woodridge Desley Scott and Calvary Care/Lighthouse Food Service.

Topics:  basketball logan sport

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