G.J. Gardner Homes Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa is thrilled to announce a partnership with Girls Got Game for the 2023 season.
After a successful inaugural campaign last year, the partnership with Girls Got Game will help captilise on the momentum created and continue to connect young females to the sport.
Girls Got Game is Basketball New Zealand’s national programme that aims to get more girls playing basketball more often through fun, friendly, and positive experiences that show them basketball is a space for them.
The aim of the programme is to support the development of young wāhine into wāhine toa by delivering engaging spaces where girls have the freedom to be themselves and find belonging.
Participation & Wellbeing Lead Meaghan Wilby says partnering with Tauihi was a no-brainer.
“It was incredible to see the impact of the league in its first year, and this partnership allows us to not only raise awareness of women’s basketball in this country, but to connect young females with opportunities to sample and play the sport alongside some of our heroes of the female game, right in their very own communities,” said Wilby.
“There is so much potential in the women’s game in this country, from the grassroots right up to the Tall Ferns, and we’re only just starting to unlock what’s possible for females in basketball in New Zealand.
“Growing the female game is a strategic priority for BBNZ right across the board and we’re in this for the long haul. Ultimately, by partnering with Tauihi this year, we hope to see more girls playing, and watching, more basketball more often,” said Wilby.
Girls Got Game first launched in 2019 and has reached over 15,000 girls across the country. Originally developed to introduce primary and intermediate-aged girls into basketball, Girls Got Game has grown to include offerings that keep girls involved and support their further skill development and has recently expanded to reach secondary school aged females as well.
The 2023 Tauihi season tips-off on July 12 with the defending champion Tokomanawa Queens hosting the Southern Hoiho at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua.