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Schools basketball gets backing

Moni Mathews / 12 October 2012

The 3 Sports Management (3SM) company, the organisers of the first ever full platform schools basketball in the UAE, will kick off the second installment of the UAE High School Basketball Championship (UAEHSBC) next month.

The second annual UAEHSBC will tip-off on November 9 and is scheduled to finish in March 2013.

The Abdalla Taryam and partners run firm made history last season when they presented the champions of the first edition, St Mary’s School, with a Dh50,000 cheque. The cash incentive was given to the team and for setting up scholarships and assisting the players with financial constraints.

Not only this, UAEHSBC match details with player and team factfiles were up on the website and social networks within days — all in NBA style functioning  during the first edition between 2011 and 2012 at the Al Wasl Club indoor stadium.

Not a single sports event run and managed outside the spheres of the internationally accredited events can boast of this here.

Taryam, the company’s managing director was modest during an interview with the Khaleej Times earlier this year saying that subject to financial standings, a second tournament with a wider range of schools would be held with attractive incentives for the next generation to pick up the game.

Now Sharjah has been included in the championship network for the 2012-13 season.

“Schools of all types of syllabus will be in our fold by the time the second tournament is held. There are so many schools which have fine PE instructors giving the game shape in the UAE. We need to address them to truly say that the UAEHSBC is the symbol of basketball supremacy for schools here,” said Taryam on Wednesday.

As part of the drive this year, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between 3SM and the Noor Dubai Foundation (NDF).

The MoU was inked to support the different outreach programmes of NDF by raising awareness through the second chapter of the UAEHSBC.

Not only this, the players too will be directly linked to the programme and understanding with NDF when their scoring prowess during the matches will contribute to the charity funds.

“The UAE High School Basketball Championship brings together student athletes from different communities representing different schools across the UAE, in a competition that rewards sporting excellence and academic achievement. Through this year’s tournament the plan is to reach out to the youth and raise awareness for Noor Dubai’s charitable causes,” said Taryam.

Following the success of last year’s 3SM organised competition, the second championship is already drawing in more schools, sponsors and spectators — the perfect platform for raising awareness around home-hitting causes.

With the MoU officially signed, both organisations welcome the collaboration to increase support of outreach programs through the “Mobile Eye Camps”, spokespersons said.

This health service includes organising surgical and medical eye care in countries that are recognised for their need of intervention by the World Health Organization and the international agency for the prevention of blindness.

The collaboration will increase awareness, among high school students, towards prevention of diseases, and will encourage them to contribute in supporting charities and humanitarian work.

“We are more than excited to be working with the internationally recognised NGO, as we expand on our on-going CSR activities. The partnership with Noor Dubai, will allow us to join the cause for the prevention of blindness, simultaneously inspiring the students who take part to support and give back to the community,” Taryam added.

“Our support will include dedicating a percentage of our tournament’s proceeds to Noor Dubai as well as donating a nominal amount for every time a player scores a 3-pointer, this way our participation will not be limited to funding a charity but will also actively involve the players in a fund raising activity that is fun and competitive at the same time,” added Taryam.

Since 2008, Noor Dubai has collaborated with a number of national and international companies, raising support for the noble initiative launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, a media release added.

With over 14 eye camps conducted thus far, these efforts have been invaluable in battling blindness and visual impairment around the world.

Through its programmes, Noor Dubai is able to deliver treatment in the form of surgeries, medication and eyeglasses, as well as screening for sight threatening diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The camps are also an opportunity for hands-on training for local ophthalmologists.


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