The Singapore Slingers may be up to their necks in pre-season preparation but Slingers’ swingman Ng Hanbin still managed to find a bit of time between training sessions to give back to the community on Thursday at the annual CapitaLand "My Schoolbag" corporate social responsibility (CSR) event.
The event brought together some 1,000 young children from low-income families and CapitaLand staff volunteers for a day of shopping, education and entertainment.
TeamSG basketball player and Slingers' Ng Hanbin (centre) with some of the children at the CapitaLand "My Schoolbag" event. Photo: Sport Singapore
This year, “My Schoolbag” has a sport element, where the children will be taking part in the GetActive! workout and drills by the Basketball Academy. To provide a more enriching sporting experience, Hanbin shared about his sporting journey to inspire the children to overcome obstacles and pursue their dreams.
“By reaching out to the kids, I hope I am able to inspire them to chase their dreams,” said the basketball player, who was part of the team who won the Bronze medal at the 2013 and 2015 Southeast Asian Games.
When asked about values he hoped to impart, he said, “The right attitude toward learning. Sport is just one aspect. If they can establish the right attitude toward learning, they can be successful in whatever they want to do.”
Having given talks and conducted basketball clinics at over a hundred secondary schools, Hanbin sees this interaction as part of his responsibility as a Singapore Slinger and role model.
“(When I was) a teenager I really love interacting with kids. So even now, I will try to see how I can reach out to them in a meaningful and enjoyable way.”
Apart from Han Bin, six SportCares youth readily volunteered their time to get involved in the event as well. Knowing how energetic these young children can be, the SportCares youth specially choreographed a sport dance based on the SEA Games song 'You're Wonderful'.
The children of the CapitaLand "My Schoolbag" programme joining in the GetActive! workout led by the SportCares youth.
15-year old Nurul Lisa, a youth in the Saturday Night Lights football programme, led the team of spirited SportCares youth and the children to 17 rounds of the 4-minute sport dance.
"These kids have so much energy, and it's so infectious that we didn't feel like we just did 17 rounds of workouts! And the smiles on the faces of these children after every dance really makes it so much more meaningful to us."
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