Dads turn basketball heroes for a day
27 January, 2015
One step forward, a huge leap, and Hao You’s Wong Foong Wee coolly rolls the ball off the tip of his fingers to dispatch a perfect lay-up.
Hao You’s Wong Foong Wee (in white) battling against the Freeman team. (Photo by VoxSports)
On the sidelines, a little girl started cheering with chorus of 'Daddy!' relentlessly.
For a moment, Wong was more than just the man who showered his daughter with love and care.
Instead, to her, her father had seemingly turned into a sports action star, fighting against the opponents in a bid to win the ActiveSG-BAS Basketball Challenge title.
Nila (centre) was spotted at the ActiveSG-BAS Basketball Challenge 2015. (Photo by VoxSports)
Unfortunately for Wong, team Hao You came up short against Freeman in the finals, as they went down 51-69 after a tough encounter which saw both teams exchanging the lead on several occasions.
The winning team - Freeman. (Photo by VoxSports)
While his team may have lost, Wong was beaming after the game as he thoroughly enjoyed seeing his wife and two children support him from the sidelines.
“The tournament has been a lot of fun, I got my family here as well so it was great. One of us just got the team together and we came here so it has been a fun experience for us,” Wong said.
Freeman’s Most Valuable Player recipient Wee Kim Chye, formerly a national basketballer and actor, agreed that while winning was important to the participants, there were bigger takeaways for them.
Freeman’s Most Valuable Player recipient Wee Kim Chye. (Photo by VoxSports)
“That part will naturally kick in cause we are naturally competitive, adrenaline kicks in and it's just our natural instinct to go for the win,” Wee shared.
“But it's coming together, putting aside your work and commitments and interacting that makes it great.
“It’s also good for the families and kids to see daddy in a different light. It's good to involve kids young when they see their dad and uncles as role models who are playing. You get the family involved and inspire the next generation to play.”
The tournament not only gave families an opportunity to bond, but also provided the community a reason to come together.
The ActiveSG-BAS Basketball Challenge allowed families to bond and brought the community together. (Photo by VoxSports)
26-year-old Zed Koh came down for the finals just so he could watch the veterans in action, and enjoy the adage that ‘old is gold’.
His friend Tan Zhen Da managed to participate in the half-court shot game during the breaks and walked away with a smile as he clinched a goodie bag even though he failed to make his shot count.
“Free entry, great entertainment, and I get to take home some goodies, this has been a great weekend for me,” Tan grinned.
There was also Spectra Secondary teacher Aaron Poh, who grabbed this opportunity so that his students from the school's basketball team could learn something.
“Some of my students have no opportunity to watch live matches like this, so I brought the boys here. They can really see what is foul, what is travelling and what is some of the basics up close,” Poh said.
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