Former Illawarra fan favourite Tyson Demos believes the Hawks’ decision to celebrate their own Indigenous Round will be a landmark moment for the club.
Illawarra will recognise the nation’s indigenous heritage while also wearing a unique indigenous kit for the first time when they host the Sydney Kings on December 16.
“This is a landmark moment for our club and I look forward to the continual recognition of indigenous heritage through basketball and sport in Australia,” Demos, who has led the Apunipima Australian Indigenous All Stars in recent times, said.
“Australian Basketball has had a wealth of indigenous talent, the likes of Danny Morseu, Patty Mills, Timmy Duggan, and Current Taipan Nate Jawai just to name a few, we want to start looking for the next indigenous superstar.”
Hawks general manager Mat Campbell was pleased to be able to connect the Hawks’ culture with the region’s indigenous heritage.
“Culture is everything to this club, and this game is a chance to recognise that. Our local indigenous culture is fiercely proud, and it is an honour for the club to be apart of this project and to wear this jersey,” he said.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of this this venture has been the collaboration between the Aboriginal Medical Service and the Hawks.
“It’s also a chance to recognise the role our game has played in providing access and opportunity throughout the country, with many of players travelling to remote regions to teach the basics of basketball.”