Thursday, August 27, 2015

CQ to host NBL pre-season match between NQ teams

I’m pretty excited after yesterday’s announcement that the Rocky community would be treated to a NBL pre-season game, thanks to the University, Rockhampton Regional Council, Rockhampton Basketball and JETGO, coming together to deliver this special event at the CQUniversity Community Sports Centre. The Cairns Taipans and Townsville Crocs will be battling it out in a grudge match in central Queensland on Friday, 18 September and I can’t wait!

For those who follow me on Twitter, know that I am a complete basketball tragic. Its great game and the teams in the NBL are very active in their communities, inspiring young kids to lead healthy lifestyles and do well at school. I’ve seen this community engagement firsthand thanks to our sponsorship of the Cairns Taipans. In fact, it was the work that the Taipans do in Far North Queensland communities that inspired the decision to become naming rights sponsor of the team.

I’m really proud that the University is able to host this match and think it’s great that several organisations came together, in a short period of time, to organise the logistics and bring a national sporting event, to the local community. This will no doubt be a highlight of the Rockhampton sporting calendar this year and more importantly will be an affordable event for families to attend and enjoy.

This just goes to show that as well as delivering classes universities can also deliver other value-add activities to boost to their local community and give something back to the regions that support them!

We are a national university based here in Rocky and it is fantastic that our support of a national sporting team allows us to bring an event like this to our home town. Go the Taipans!

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