Just days before their first NBL game of the season on October 6 the Illawarra based national not-for-profit health fund Peoplecare is celebrating its role as official health and member partner of the Illawarra Hawks.
And it is inviting the community to join it in the last big community event with players before their difficult start to the season with a string of away games.
This Sunday may be the last chance to see the NBL stars before the first home court encounter at the WEC on October 22.
So Peoplecare is jointly hosting the annual Illawarra Hawks Members Day with the players at St Mary Star of the Sea College this Sunday.
Peoplecare and the Hawks are inviting fans to join in the festivities from 10am to 1pm at St Mary’s.
Illawarra Hawks commercial manager Jason Saladino said it will provide a unique opportunity for members, fans and the general public to get up close and personal with the players.
Mr Saladino so there will be a live team training session and a chance to meet the favourite Hawk.
Peoplecare chief executive Michael Bassingthwaighte said promoting health was a key focus for the health fund in the local community.
“We are incredibly proud to demonstrate this in a tangible way through our sponsorship of the Illawarra Hawks for the 2017/18 basketball season,” he said.
Mr Bassignthwaighte said it was the second years the home grown health fund had been the official health and member partner.
And it the member day was a great opportunity to involve the Wollongong community in celebrating the start of the season with the players.
“The Hawks are legends of the NBL. It is a founding club and is Wollongong’s national representatives sporting team. It is just fantastic to be involved with them,” he said.
Mr Bassingthwaighte said the games themselves were great community events and great for families because being so close to non stop action was so much fun.
“And this Sunday is a chance for the community to help launch the whole Hawks season with some community engagement,” he said.
“We want everyone in Wollongong to come along on Sunday.”
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Mr Saladino said there were some good synergies between the Hawks and Peoplecare.
As a national sporting club proudly the Hawks represent the Illawarra.
And Peoplecare operate locally, but do a tremendous job of positively impacting people nation-wide.
“The support they have offered our Club, members and the playing group is always genuine, personal and often extends beyond the call of duty,” he said.
The team will leave for their tough on the road start to the season mid week and Hawks guard Rotnei Clarke said Sunday’s gathering will provide all the team with a real boost.