Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion
Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Senator for the Northern Territory
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister Senior Australians and Aged Care
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Hasluck
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
The Morrison Government has provided $500,000 to support the expansion of a community-led basketball program in Perth that builds confidence and empowers young people to lead healthy lifestyles and aim high.
Kaat, Koort n Hoops is run by Koya Aboriginal Corporation for at-risk young people aged four to 16 in the City of Swan.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said the program has a track record of enhancing pride and self-worth and providing a supportive environment.
“Every child deserves to be happy, healthy and to have as many opportunities as possible to make the most of their lives,” Minister Scullion said.
Indigenous Health Minister and Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt AM announced the funding in Midland, where the basketball-focussed program is based.
“Kaat koort means ‘head and heart’ in Noongar and the program builds young people’s capacity and skills on the court as well as developing their social, physical and emotional wellbeing,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Up to 1,000 children will benefit from the funding, with planning underway to expand the program into more areas around Perth.”
Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker – a former Women’s National Basketball League player - founded the program in 2015, with hundreds of children benefiting from it during the past three years.
“This funding will allow the extension of the program to multi sports, allowing more vulnerable children and young people to access KKnH2H - Kaat Koort n Hopes to Horizons,” Ms Kickett-Tucker said.
“Current participants will also be able to strengthen their athletic, leadership, wellbeing and community participation with the provision of the KKnH Ambassadorship development program.
“Koya Aboriginal Corporation do important work and this initiative has demonstrated its worth,” said Minister Wyatt.
“The Morrison Government is proud to support the ongoing delivery of Kaat, Koort n Hoops and other Koya programs.”
The Koya Aboriginal Corporation has also been supported by the Morrison Government’s Move It AUS Participation Grants program, receiving $200,000 for its Kaat Koort n Hopes to Horizons program.
Kaat Koort n Hopes to Horizons engages young people in popular sports combined with weekly wellbeing workshops aimed at increasing daily physical activity and addressing the physical and mental health of 4-16 year old vulnerable children and their families.