At the second SportsHub Community Play Day on Saturday, the ActiveSG Basketball Academy and Singapore Slingers held one of its first basketball clinics for the public.
Singapore Slinger Ng Han Bin (passing the ball) conducting a basketball clinic during the Sports Hub Community Play Day at the Sports Hub. Photo: Sport Singapore
While the Academy was officially launched in May, it has not held any classes yet as coaches are still being finalised. But some kids from the Jr NBA programme were lucky enough to receive first hand training from the Singapore Slingers during a basketball clinic on Saturday.
“We are basically preparing the ActiveSG Basketball Academy for the young kids, five to 14-years-old. And now we are looking for the coaches to help out and volunteer in the ActiveSG Basketball Academy programme,” said ActiveSG Basketball Academy Principal Neo Beng Siang.
“And hopefully by these few months, we can settle the head coach’s job and we can kick off our academy soon.”
“Basically we are here to promote the ActiveSG Basketball Academy and hopefully we can build the young generation to become better players to represent our Singapore Slingers.”
Lucky kids from the Jr NBA programme receiving first hand training from the Singapore Slingers during the basketball clinic. Photo: Sport Singapore
Slinger Ng Han Bin who has been helping out extensively with the academy says the sport has taught him to be disciplined and professional, and hopes it can similarly benefit the younger generation of Singaporeans.
“Coach Neo has taught me a lot and along with Michael Johnson, they taught me how to be professional,” he said.
“When an excuse doesn’t sit well with you, you will find a reason to do it better every time.”
“We believe that basketball is not just a sport, but kids can actually learn a lot of values from the game and hopefully they can transfer the values they learn on the court to other things they want to do.”
The day proved to be an eventful one for families and fitness enthusiasts as two SportsHub records were also made at the National Stadium on Saturday.
Zumba participants in action during the Sports Hub Community Play Day. Photo: Sport Singapore
The largest Zumba workout was achieved during the Community Play Day as 3248 participants danced their way to this milestone.
A record 1.3 million steps were also taken during the Sports Hub Community Fun Stepper programme on Saturday.
Come on down to the OCBC Arena to cheer on Han Bin and his Singapore Slingers teammates. Be part of the iconic Merlion Cup, which will be held from 21 – 25 September. Tickets available from S$15 each day .